Claire BlackCounselling and Therapy in Edinburgh

What's it all about?

If you’re thinking about coming for counselling then you already know that you want support even if you're not quite sure what that looks like or feels like. It might be that you've been struggling alone with an issue or concern or it may be that you just have a sense that things in your life aren't the way that you'd like them to be. Therapy offers a space to focus on you. It isn't an instant fix, it is a process that will help you increase your awareness about who you are and how things are for you, what's working in your life and what isn't. It will help you cultivate your interest in understanding and being compassionate to yourself. My role is to be alongside you in this endeavour. My invitation will be to bring your attention to the patterns in your life - those which support you and those which hold you back. Understanding more how you view yourself and what you really want will give you the opportunity to make choices about how you live.

Therapy can be lots of different things and we will discover together what best works for you. Sometimes meeting together for a couple of months gives enough time to do what you want to do, addressing a specific issue. Or perhaps working in a more open-ended way will allow you to build a sense of trust and safety that can support you to explore difficult or painful long-standing issues. The relationship between us - our therapeutic alliance - is crucial for healing and growth, creating an opportunity for you to express uncertainties and fears, explore unfinished situations, develop new awareness and create new possibilities. What I offer is a non-judgmental, respectful and safe environment in which we can explore together where you are in your life and where you’d like to be.

It's understandable to feel nervous about exploring things that feel hard for you, but speaking to someone who's trained to listen can really help


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