Oxfordshire Counselling                                          Alison Matheson


What to expect
What is therapy and counselling?
Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things. 

How will therapy make me feel?
Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long-run.

Will I feel better straightaway?
Usually it will take a number of counselling sessions before therapy starts to make a difference. However on rare occasions, a single session may be enough and it can feel better just to have the opportunity to 'offload' some of your concerns or feelings. 

Does it work for everybody?
Therapy doesn't work for everybody. It is not a universal cure-all. Because you may be talking about very personal and often painful things, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going. Despite this, it is often worth the effort as you can be helped to work through problems.

Alison Matheson Psychotherapist/Counsellor BSc (Hons) Psych., MBACP, MBPsS
Dip. Integrative Therapeutic Counselling, PG Dip. Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Cert. Couples Counselling  
Tel: 07582 530840