1. Skip to main content

About Counselling

Why counselling?

There are times when life today can seem very complicated and confusing, when it feels like we've lost our way and don't know where we are going. We may find that coping strategies which have served us up to now are no longer working and we just can't go on the way we are. Perhaps we are depressed and nothing seems to make us feel any better.

What is counselling?

Friends and family can often help. But if you feel the need for someone who has no other role in your life, a Pathways counsellor can help you explore, in confidence, the issues that are worrying you. She will not judge you or tell you what to do but will respect you as an individual and encourage you to find your own solutions so that you can move on with your life. People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons. Some examples might be stress and anxiety, relationship difficulties, abuse, low self-esteem, living with illness or disability, loss, addictions, substance misuse, depression, anger, insomnia, eating disorders, mid-life crisis, spiritual concerns, workplace problems and issues from childhood.

But .... you don't have to bring a particular problem. Often just feeling troubled or ill at ease with yourself can affect many aspects of your life and it helps to talk things through. Therapy may lead you on a journey of inner discovery, in which you come to accept yourself and live in a more fulfilling way.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Some people use the terms 'counselling' and 'psychotherapy' interchangeably as there is considerable overlap between the two. There are therapists working from a psychodynamic perspective who are more likely to call themselves psychotherapists. A useful distinction is to refer to longer-term, depth work as psychotherapy, and shorter-term therapy working with current difficulties and dilemmas as counselling. Here at Pathways, we are both qualified to work in depth and can offer both short and long term work.

What is Person-Centred Counselling?

Person-Centred Counselling, which stems from the work of Carl Rogers, is based on the principle that we are all capable of personal growth and expressing our innate potential, and that we are all in the process of becoming the person we want to be. Sometimes that process can be facilitated by counselling. The counsellor, who is genuine, will accept you unconditionally as a person, no matter what your problems are, and show you deep empathy so that you feel really 'heard' and listened to. This can help you tap into the resources you already possess for personal development and growth so that you can become more fully the person you already are, or are striving to become. Each of us in Pathways is basically Person-Centred in our philosophy, though we have our own individual styles and offer other approaches and ideas when appropriate.

How many sessions will I need?

This is your choice; sometimes just a few sessions are all that is needed, or some people may choose longer term therapy. Sessions are usually an hour long and take place once a week. There are no guarantees but most people find counselling a beneficial and healing experience.

How much does it cost?

Sessions cost between £35 and £45 per hour.

Where are sessions held?

Pathways offer sessions in the Falmouth and Redruth areas. Our counselling rooms ensure comfort and privacy.