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Hello and welcome to Patterns Counselling Services. My name is Michelle Wilson and I am a Psychodynamic and Person-Centred Counsellor offering a variety of counselling services to fit in to your life in a discreet and convenient way. I have easily accessible facilities in Leeds for face to face sessions, or I provide online services.
Most people seeking therapy want to know: Will I be understood and heard? Will I be accepted, at ease and supported? Will the Counsellor I choose be right for me and will our work together result in my making positive and lasting healing, growth and change? I always invite a phone or face to face conversation so that you can ask these questions, get to know me a little, and better determine if we're a "match". Talking, as a therapy, helps you to growth and change outside of the session, our time together should focus on providing you with a highly personalised therapeutic experience. At times I'll be active and directive, other times I'll be in the sidelines listening, and providing encouragement, support, and understanding. Ultimately though, our relationship will be highly collaborative, a team approach focused solely on your behalf.
What is counselling?
Counselling involves a professional therapist and the client coming together at an agreed time, where I will support you by offering you a safe space to negotiate those things in your life you would like to understand and improve or anything you may feel is holding you back in life.
To be able to work with open up and feel safe we have to develop a relationship based on trust. I bring to our relationship a wealth of knowledge and experience but most of all a commitment to supporting you on your journey of emotional and psychological healing.
You can talk freely and openly in a safe space with the security of knowing you will not be judged. I am unbiased and will listen to you without any preconceived ideas or knowledge of you other than what you chose to bring into our confidential session. I can offer fresh perspectives to help you gain insight into your issues on a deeper level.
We will work collaboratively to gain new insight and to share our feelings and I will gently challenge you to question your own motives and behaviours to enable you to come to terms with your thoughts and feelings as they arise. Through encouragement and support I will help you to become empowered as we reach the core of your problem.
Together we can explore new ways of dealing with issues and building coping skills through your new found understanding. It could be you are wanting to changing patterns of behaviour by understanding where they come from, or work through issues from childhood. Whatever your reason ,if you have decided you are ready for counselling you have taken the first step to really get to grips with all areas of your life and move forward.
What is online counselling?
Face to face sessions can be carried out in Leeds but if this is not practicable, I can provide various types of online services. Skype allows us to 'meet' on screen using the internet. You would need a broadband connection, computer and a web cam for this. I can also use MSN which is similar but without being able to see each other. Finally using email offers a communication style with no set time for you to sit and write what you need to so it can fit in with your schedule.
You may uses Patterns Counselling online services for many reasons:
- Being housebound, due to disability, caring for small children/elderly parents and have little or no support system to enable you to spend time away from home.
- Perhaps you are very busy, work long hours, or travel away frequently and just can't commit to regular face-to-face appointments.
- If you have a hearing impairment, MSN for instant chat, and email counselling saves the need for an interpreter, whilst using Skype and telephone counselling allows you to talk openly with me from any location.
- You can access the services from work, abroad or the comfort of your own home and therefore never have to miss a session or contact me when the need arises and by sharing your thoughts and feelings with me we will be able to building a relationship.
I will assist you in exploring your world and in making significant steps to work with your old your patterns and create something new.