What is counselling and person-centred counselling?
Person-centred counselling, which is offered at Skin Deep Clinic, is a talking-based form of therapy. At your appointment, you will talk to our trained professional, Mitch Wappner. She will encourage you to share how you feel and the issue/s you wish to overcome.
The assurances of person-centred counselling at Skin Deep Clinic are:
- Unconditional positive regard: your counsellor will accept and value you
- Congruence: honesty and transparency is important from both you and your counsellor
- Empathic understanding: your counsellor will take on a view as if they were you
The success of counselling is directly impacted by the relationship you have with your counsellor. At Skin Deep Clinic, you will feel safe and comfortable as again disclosure and openness are necessary for any resolve to take place. Professional counsellors such as Mitch are trained to be empathetic and will not tell you what to do, but instead help you to find this out for your own subjective relationship.
How can counselling help you?
During your session, you will be encouraged to bring your own ideas and topics, so there is a client-led approach. The idea of client-led will be used throughout. This is so you can use your own strengths and personal insights to encourage the necessary personal growth.
Counselling can help with a variety of emotional issues. It can help formulate coping strategies, make you feel less alone and more heard and lead to an overall better self. Despite this, it can also be used in positive situations where you simply need some direction or someone to listen.
Mitch will act as a support for you to explore what you are going through and why you are having the emotional response. She will then act as a guide to overcome these or take control of your own actions and reactions.
Some of the challenges you may be facing:
- Relationship issues
- Body image issues
Mitch does not offer couples’ counselling or children’s counselling.
Mitch Wappner is Skin Deep Clinic’s newest team member.
Mitch’s personal experiences with anxiety and depression acted as a motivator for her to become a counsellor, as she wanted to help people in the same way she was helped. She says, “It made me realise how lonely it could be if you don’t feel you have anyone to talk to.” This inspired her to be that person to talk to.
Mitch’s professional journey began in 2006, when she gained her Advanced Counselling Certification from Plymouth University. After a personal break to focus on and enjoy family life, she furthered her education at Staffordshire University in 2018, gaining a foundation degree in Counselling Theory and Practice.
Mitch’s degree, on top of her continuous volunteer work at Cruse Bereavement Care, has allowed her to experience and be educated on a variety of counselling aspects and fully qualify her to assist you in any way she can.
What to expect
For your first session, Mitch will establish a verbal agreement that will be made by both you and her. Simple introductions will be done, as well as a short breakdown of her role and how she plans to assist you. After she has gained more of an understanding of what specific area/s you want to cover, she will provide her professional opinion on whether you are a good fit for each other.
Mitch will also give you plenty of time to see if you agree or disagree. It is a priority that you feel comfortable with the relationship, otherwise the process will be unsuccessful.
If you both feel it is right to proceed, the sessions will continue for as long as you both see fit. As it is person-centred, each one-hour session will be client-led and you can bring whatever you want or need to it.
Mitch offers Person-Centred Counselling for people aged 18 and over.
Her specific aspect of counselling allows for you to be given full autonomy to make your own decisions and support yourself.
This is a preferred method for many as it can facilitate independence whilst you’re still being supported; so you can manage without the presence of a counsellor or therapist when required.
The cost is £45 per one-hour session.
To arrange your first session, please email here.