UPDATE: Accessing online therapy from the comfort of your own home may particularly suit those of you who are having to self isolate or social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Your Counsellor
Whether you're turning to counselling for the first time, or have had experiences with therapy in the past, I aim to make your experience as welcoming as possible.
Clients come to counselling for many reasons; each person has their own story and each journey will be unique to them. Therefore I tailor each session to a client's individual needs rather than a tick box approach. The most important thing is that we agree what works and benefits you the most together.
The relationship between us is one of the most important factors in the effectiveness of your counselling. The aim is to build a connection based on trust, and for you to feel able to confide openly about your feelings and emotions in a neutral and safe environment.
Counselling does not in any way judge you or force you to take a particular course of action. Instead, it helps you develop a better understanding of yourself and others. It increases your self awareness to stop you unconsciously repeating some of the unhelpful patterns and behaviours strongly engrained in your life, so that you can make positive choices for yourself.
In short counselling helps you make the change.
Our first meeting is a free initial session (30 minutes) to allow you to talk about what has brought you to counselling and to go through any questions you may have.
During a typical individual counselling session (50 mins) or relationship counselling session (60 mins) you will be encouraged to explore the problems you are facing and express your resulting emotions and thoughts. There is no 'typical' therapy session, your counselling is unique to you and your issues.
We will review progress at regular intervals, so that you can identify and acknowledge your progress. Depending on the therapy I may also give you homework to do or things to think about, so that your progress continues between sessions.
Counselling is a very personal journey and it is important to acknowledge that there will be times during your therapy with me when it may be necessary to talk about uncomfortable and painful things. Whatever you say in our counselling session is confidential (subject to legal and ethical exceptions) and I will offer guidance and support to help you through this process.
How many sessions will I need?
Your time in therapy will depend on the issues you want to address and your progress. Either a short-term course of sessions over a period of weeks, or longer as required over a period of months.
I offer counselling in the following formats:
Individual (face to face)
What will I gain from counselling?
Each person has their own unique experience of counselling. Your results will depend on you, the outcomes you want to achieve from the experience, and the commitment you make to the counselling process.
Counselling provides you with a greater understanding of yourself and others, a clearer perspective on your life, clarity on what you would like your future to look like, and how to move towards this.
The Changing Room. Counselling that gets to the heart of the matter.
Contact me today to to discuss how I can help you. I look forward to working with you.
Child and adolescent issues
Divorce and Separation
Health related issues
Post Traumatic Stress
Women's life issues
Work related issues