I am still on annual leave for my Christmas break but I am starting to dip my toe back into work and it feels good. Today I had two new clients contact me and I booked them in for next week. With my existing clients I am now already fully booked. Don’t worry this doesn’t mean that I can’t fit you in when you contact me. My diary is flexible, some clients stay forever – whilst others just a few sessions. A worst I may pop you on a short waiting list. At best I would aim to offer you your first appointment within at least two weeks. It feels good to me to enter into the year already fully booked. It reaffirms to me that I am good at what I do. Not in an egotistical way but more in a reassuring way for myself and also for you, the client.
I love the feeling of being about to go back, after a short holiday to work as a counsellor. I feel excited, intrigued to step into another beings world; to listen and to work together to make positive change. I love that my job, after all these years it still excites me. So, as I think about the year to come, I wonder who I am going to meet in my study, how I am going to be able to help, what dilemmas are going to be chewed over but most of all I hope to be able to help.
I wish you a very happy 2019
Hi, I have started this blog to allow you to understand a little more about me, your potential counsellor. I trained to become a counsellor by a wonderful tutor called Marc. He was very boundaried in his approach and I agree boundaries are very important to successful counselling by this I mean boundaries such as non disclosure by the counsellor. Counselling is about the client not the counsellor. So this does provide me with an ethical dilemma. I wish to remain consistent in non self disclosure but provide you with an insight into all that I am doing as a counsellor and love as a counsellor. Obviouly there shall be no disclosure about my client’s content and anonymity shall be key. So I shall tread a fine line here but by explaining this right at the very start I hope you can understand what is to come. This makes me think of one of the first things I say to client’s when they come for their first session. As they enter the room I ask them to sit on the sofa to the left. We sit down, with me in the chair opposite and I ask them if they found it ok? Always a good ice breaker I find. I then say…everything you say will be kept completely confidential unless I am led to believe that you are at risk of harming yourself, anyone else or a crime against the state. Client’s usually look at me a little surprised by the severity of my outburst but it is important to explain boundaries right from the get go! Trust in the therapeutic relationship is very important.
I am typing this at 20:42. I do love my job and put a lot of hours into it. I love helping people. I have a natural curiosity about human beings and so this job is just perfect for me. I look forward to waking up tomorrow and seeing how my client’s are feeling and what they have to bring. I never really know. I keep an open mind and stay cool when surprised, or aim to. I am often told by my client’s that I have a face full of expression. Perhaps no matter how boundaried I aim to remain my face discloses a million words/emotions as I strive to walk beside my client, in their shoes to understand their journey; allowing them to feel heard and accepted. Together as a team all change is possible.
P.S. Apologies in advance for typo’s/grammar errors. This is my blog and not an English lit paper!
Ohh…I have just seen that you can leave a comment below. I really welcome your thoughts and words here and thank you.