Helping People Live Better Lives
WHO I AM
I am a qualified Counsellor with a advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Integrative therapy. I offer a range of therapeutic approaches to ensure you are heard and the right support is offered. I hold the view that each person is an individual, so psychotherapy and counselling techniques are tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances.
I am passionate about Psychotherapy and strongly believe in its capacity to heal and help people work through painful, traumatic and challenging life events. My aim is to provide you with safe, ethical and professional therapy, creating an opportunity for you to work through difficult issues in a non-judgmental and confidential space.
Initial consultation free of charge and then £40 for each subsequent 50 minute session
ONLINE AND FACE TO FACE
We offer a rangre of options to suit your needs
Give Yourself Another Chance
The Process of Healing
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING SESSIONS?
In the first session, the reasons that you have decided to come for counselling will be discussed, as well as background information and setting of some initial goals. In subsequent sessions, the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that continue to be problematic will be discussed. Ways to cope better, feel better and deal with problems more effectively over the long-term will be addressed, and your goals will continue to be reviewed and changed as needed over time.
WILL YOU GIVE ME ADVICE?
No. The purpose is to help you to understand yourself and come to your own conclusions. I will be alongside you for the journey, but the destination is always yours, not mine.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This is difficult to answer. Some people find that one session is enough to clear their heads and give them a renewed sense of direction. Some people will choose to spend much longer exploring, unpicking and rebuilding. An average might be anywhere between 6 and 20 sessions. I ensure that we have regular review sessions to make sure you're finding what we're doing useful.
WHAT KIND OF THINGS CAN YOU HELP ME WITH?
Counselling and psychotherapy tend to focus on the parts of your life that you find troubling, confusing, or distressing. For example, we might talk about dissatisfaction in your work or personal life, or about a habit you're struggling to break. Counselling can also be a place that you reflect on what's going well in your life, and to make plans for an even better future.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF IT'S WORKING?
In our first session we will talk about what you want to achieve in therapy, and how you will know when you have achieved this. Ultimately, you will be the judge of when it's working and when we need to change the therapeutic approach.
WILL I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT MY CHILDHOOD?
Only if you feel it is relevant to the issues you want to work on. Talking about childhood can provide insights into your current situation, but this is not always the case.
IS IT JUST TALKING?
Most of the time, yes. But there are other more creative approaches which you may choose to try, such as writing, drawing or role-play. I can also teach you some simple techniques to help you to relax and let go more, such as mindfulness.
ARE THERE SKILLS OR STRATEGIES YOU CAN TEACH ME?
Yes - I can lead you in developing some simple and effective relaxation and de-stressing techniques which have worked for me and many of my clients. I will base these on what already works for you and together we can build strategies that are unique to your situation. Other, shorter-term forms of therapy like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be more structured and provide practical exercises to help you understand your thoughts and actions.
IS IT CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes. What we talk about stays in the room. Very occasionally I may need to break this confidentiality - for example if you or someone else is at serious risk of harm - but I will discuss these with you in our first session.
CAN I BRING SOMEONE WITH ME FOR THE FIRST SESSION?
I can understand why clients sometimes want to bring someone with them for the first session. However, generally this isn't helpful in the long run. The first session is all about us getting to know each other, and working out whether we'll be a good fit. Having a third person there can get in the way of this.
HOW REGULARLY WILL I SEE MY COUNSELLOR?
Regularity is important for productive therapeutic work. The usual format is weekly sessions to helps you make gradual and steady progress. It may be appropriate that your counselling sessions are scheduled fortnightly or monthly depending on your needs and other commitments.
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR MISSED/CANCELLED THERAPY SESSIONS?
If you proceed with therapy after the first consultation, I will reserve two slots for you at an agreed time. This helps ensures that your sessions are guaranteed and consistent.
HOW DO I PAY FOR MY SESSIONS?
Payment is in advance by cash, bank transfer. I would ask for one for one sessions to be paid in advance.
HOW LONG SHOULD I EXPECT TO CONTINUE WITH COUNSELLING?
The number of sessions will depend on you and your presenting issues. Usually you will start with six sessions and review after that.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE MY G.P DETAILS?
Therapists request GP details for the unlikely event you had a medical emergency while attending therapy. In the case of a psychological or emotional emergency, your therapist would seek your permission to contact your GP in the interests of your safety and/or wellbeing
WILL MY COUNSELLOR BE AVAILABLE FOR ME IN A CRISIS?
I will be available to you at our scheduled appointment times. I am not able to provide an emergency service to you and you will need to seek other resources for help during that time. In such cases you should contact your GP, or one of the following services
“The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well”