Ibiza Counselling offers Face to Face therapy for individuals, couples & young people, we also offer a FREE weekly support group. Business counselling & mediation between colleagues. Counselling retreats and holidays as well as corporate / retreat workshops.
An introduction to what counselling is……
“The task of counselling is to give the client an opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more resourcefully and towards greater well being”
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Counselling is a relationship between client and counsellor where the client feels there are general or specific issues in their life experience that they would like to seek clarity on. Counselling seeks to enable the client to explore areas of distress and enable them to become aware of the life choices available to them. These are often areas that they feel uncomfortable talking to friends and family about and only feel secure in the confidential environment of the counselling room. The counselling relationship is a professional one, where you will be seen for a specific amount of time on a weekly basis, with a contract agreed by you and the counsellor. The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists has a code of ethics and as a member I have agreed to adhere to, their ethical framework.
There is often a certain amount of anxiety surrounding the first session, what will happen, will we get on, will she think I’m mad, what if I say the wrong thing. All of these thoughts are completely normal and very common and I suppose for me the most important thing to hold is that you are yourself and if you are feeling a certain way then it does not matter what has caused it or if anyone else might feel differently in a similar situation. You are feeling that way and that validates it 100%. Nothing is minor, silly or not important enough to justify talking about, if its on your mind and causing you anxiety then it is important enough to spend time on.
I suppose it’s also important to say that counsellors do not have a magic wand, it is not advice and things will not improve over night. It is a process that you need to trust, a process that will enable you to understand and be more aware of yourself, how things impact you and how you impact others. In time this awareness will help you to make choices and decisions that enhance your life and help you to understand its meaning a little better.
Sometimes it’s a case of reflecting on life as a whole and ensuring good mental wellbeing and sometimes there are particular issues that clients want to address, whatever it is that makes you want to consider counselling. One of the most important things to remember is that the counselling room is a totally confidential and non judgmental space for you to express thoughts, ideas and feelings that you may not want to share with those closest to you and have possibly never shared before…..it is a safe place.
Some of the issue I work with are: relationships (with partners, friends, work colleagues and family), anxiety, Drug and Alcohol, depression, abuse (physical and verbal), cultural issues, change, living away from home, sexuality, expectations, work related stress, HIV & Aids, Self Esteem, anger, Childhood, Bereavement, Fertility, www.fertilitycounsellingservices.com, miscarriage, Finding meaning to life, self Image / Identity, stages of life, gender, intimacy, isolation, child abuse and personal growth.
Weather you are in Ibiza for a holiday, a summer season or living here permanently, this island can often be a life changing experience. Take a little time to reflect on what has brought you here and what it means to you to spend the time here that you are.