What is Informal Counselling?
Informal counselling takes place in a single session, therefore making it cost effective with no long-term commitment required. Unlike the more ‘traditional’ counselling, informal counselling is unstructured, free-flowing and spontaneous. I provide you with a safe, supportive and neutral space to enable you to talk freely about matters that are troubling you, but without intervention or guidance. In informal counselling, you and your story will dictate the shape of the session. Informal counselling requires less commitment on your part; it is a meeting, a one off session, not a process. You have no specific problem and there are no desired goals to be met. Instead, it provides an opening for you to explore your general thoughts and feelings and through doing so, you can achieve more clarity and definition. By talking, things often fall into place and it can become clearer what you need to do or change. Or, you may simply feel lighter, clearer minded, less emotionally attached to the issues discussed and as a result become calmer and more relaxed.
How Can it Help?
Most people understand that talking things through can make a positive difference to how we feel. But sometimes, friends and family aren’t the right people to do this with. Maybe they’re too close and involved in your problems, or maybe it’s just not appropriate for any number of reasons. The stresses of today’s society can sometimes seem too much to bear, but if you can’t identify a specific problem or can’t commit the time and money, formal counselling sessions may not be the answer. Informal counselling fills this need. A one off session as-and-when, to get things off your chest may be just what you need in order to function more effectively in your everyday life.
Can it Help Everyone?
Provided you understand that informal counselling in itself will not solve any problems for you and as your counsellor, I cannot give you any advice or answers, most people should gain some benefit from a session of informal counselling.
What Can it Help With?
Informal counselling is not really designed to help with a specific problem. Instead it helps you to make sense of what may be a general feeling of dissatisfaction or thoughts and feelings that arise from current issues in your life. It provides a supportive space for you to simply ‘offload’ to a neutral person.
How long will therapy last? How much will it cost?
Informal counselling is unique in that it is available on a one-off, ad-hoc basis. A little like a drop-in clinic. Sessions can take as long as you feel you need; lasting up to 1.5 hours. A 1.5 hour session is £65. Please remember flexible payment plans are available, please ask if you feel this may be necessary.