Self-expression / Self-awareness / Self-love
Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect. - Alain de Botton
Is This For You?
In a world currently dominated by social media, it can be surprisingly difficult to find someone to communicate with on a personal level. There can be an uncomfortable void between the ideal and reality of sharing our thoughts and feelings with others. Sometimes, what we want to share is just too personal to put it out there. At other times, it's just plain old inappropriate. If you need someone trustworthy to talk to, were here. If you have things to say that you don't feel you can say to anyone without being judged or criticised, we're exactly the right kind of people to call.
What We Offer
Here at Absurdist Arts, we're all too aware of the popular misconceptions that exist in relation to self-expression. We understand the risks associated with sharing personal problems, and that's why we're here to offer a middle ground between the confessional booth and counselling. This is primarily a listening based service with the focus on you being able to offload and talk about the things you're unable to say to anyone else. We offer a completely confidential and impartial service to anyone who needs it.
Everyone here has extensive experience in their chosen field, and we're all passionate about alleviating internal suffering.
What You Get
A trustworthy confidante who can give you insightful and highly intuitive feedback and support when needed. Talking things through can improve your general well-being and it can help you to widen your perspective. You'll finish your session feeling less isolated and more confidant about facing the days ahead.
Gain insight from emotion
Share hopes, fears & secrets
Ways To Use This Service
Venting - We're all happy to listen to you vent to your heart's content; we understand that it's not possible to only say nice things nor feel happy all the time. You have complete freedom to express yourself - we won't take it personally and we won't hold it against you.
Keeping Secrets? - If you have a complicated love life, we can listen and advise when necessary. If you're having an affair and wrestle with guilt - or maybe you're happy with your new beau but now question whether to leave your long-term partner. Maybe you're hiding something else? Is it health or work related? Has someone else told you a secret and now you're feeling over-burdened and conflicted? Whatever the situation, we'll listen and help you gain clarity of thought of feeling so you're in a better position to make decisions and take action.
Stress Release - If work or home is creating too many problems it can lead to almost unbearable amounts of stress. If you need to let off steam about someone close, a co-worker, boss or project we can listen and offer advice, if wanted, on coping with the situation.
Decision Making - If you're caught between a rock and a hard place, talking things through can help the right choice become more apparent. It's not always possible to find an objective ear among those close to you, especially if the decision making will impact them in less than desireable ways.
Specialist Areas - Anything related to loss of hope and faith. Dilemmas of any kind. Issues arising from separation. Infidelity. Problems and stresses from living authentically.
Specialist Areas - Anything drug related. Self-harm. Abortion. Issues around step-parenting. Work/home conflict.
Specialist Areas - Anything medical, including stress and despair from chronic illness. Issues related to ageing.
Additional time is charged at £6 per ten minute block.
The desire for self-expression afflicts people when they feel there is something of themselves which is not getting through to the outside world. - Fay Wheldon
Common Questions & Answers
Will you offer me advice?
Only to a point. Predominantly, we're here to listen; suggestions might be offered if we think it's appropriate but the main aim is to help lighten your load and let you know that you're not alone. In these sessions, we offer compassion and understanding far more than we offer guidance. If you need intensive support, use our Mentoring & Coaching service.
I'm having a good session; I want more time, do I have to rebook?
If you pay online then yes, but if you call first and pay over the phone you can ask your confidant if they mind continuing for a while longer. It's company policy to end all calls after an absolute maximum of 90 minutes. This is to protect both of you, but for different reasons. If you've booked a short session and end up having thirty or fifty-five minutes we'll only ask you to make up the difference in session cost, otherwise it's £3.75 per five minute block.
I don't need therapy. I just want someone to talk to.
This is exactly what we're offering. These sessions are non-intrusive, nonjudgemental, and non-antagonistic; we're offering a safe space for you to off-load.
Do I get the same person if I call more than once?
That's entirely up to you. We understand that you might gain more from your sessions if you develop a close relationship with a single confidant, but the choice is yours. You might decide to try more than one confidante to see who you feel a stronger connection to, or you may not care as long as you're being heard.
So, you don't say anything at all?
Well, no, we don't sit silently. We have to be verbal because we're on the other end of the phone and it's the only way to let you know we're still listening and we haven't gone off to walk the dog or something.