Counselling can be a daunting and intimidating process in itself and it takes courage to trust another person with your inner world, so my aim is to make the process as easy as possible for you. Having therapy can be life changing and promote healing by enabling you to see your circumstances with a fresh perspective and clarity so that you can make the necessary changes that will help you establish emotional resilience and provide you with the tools to manage life better. Sometimes, it can simply be a place to talk and be truly heard.
Clients very often find that counselling helps them to achieve:
- Increased self-esteem & confidence
- Improvement in relationships
- Better understanding of themselves
- Increased ability to express themselves
- Find different ways to cope with problems
- Feel more in control of their life
To help you overcome difficulties, I provide Person-Centred counselling & psychotherapy. This is a therapy approach that is led by the client who brings up anything they want to talk about during the session, in a safe, welcoming, and confidential place with no judgement or need to be anyone else but themselves. Nobody knows you better than yourself and I will not make decisions for you or impose any opinions but will respect your individual needs. My aim is not only to support you and help you cope with the current issue or crisis, but to do so in a way that helps you explore and use your own strengths to feel empowered and more in charge of your life.
I work with adults and young people, aged 18 years old and above, and have experience working with a range of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety and depression, relationship issues, loss, identity, self-harm, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adult and childhood trauma, stress, infertility, and miscarriage.
If you contact me, we can arrange an initial free consultation to talk about what you want to get out of counselling, with no pressure to commit. Counselling sessions will typically be held at a regular time on a weekly basis (unless agreed otherwise), each lasting 50 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Your first full session will involve going through some paperwork such as the counselling agreement and privacy statement, which I’ll talk you through. I will also be asking you a few more questions than I may do in the subsequent sessions. This is because I will be interested in finding out more about you, your current situation and life experience, and what you hope to gain from therapy. I understand that you may feel anxious and you will not be pressured into sharing anything that you are not comfortable with. I recognise that talking about anything that really bothers you can be difficult, and you may need more sessions to feel safe enough before you mention what troubles you the most, so I will always look to work at your pace.
The number of sessions required varies from individual to individual. For most, a series of short-term sessions, between 8 and 16 sessions is what is needed for goals which have been set for therapy to be achieved. Some clients may also have a very focused issue they want to address and find that they need even less sessions, whilst others may feel their goals are more complex and so require being accompanied on their journey for months or more. We will regularly review your requirements together as the therapy progresses, and the choice to choose how long you are in therapy for, and when to end it, will always remain in your control. The key thing is that that you are free to work at your own pace, without having to worry about going too quickly, too soon.
Counselling normally ends when a client feels they no longer need it, and the purpose of therapy is to support you in developing your own ‘toolkit’ to help you manage life’s challenges. Hopefully, this will mean that at the end of your journey in therapy you will no longer need a therapist to accompany you, being more independent, and taking your toolkit with you.
Yes, it is, with a few exceptions where I am legally bound to share information. These relate to when you or another person is at risk of serious harm, or where drug trafficking, money laundering or acts of terrorism are disclosed. It is important that our work together feels safe, so you always have the choice of what to share with me. We will discuss confidentiality further in our initial conversations.
Not at all. I provide counselling and psychotherapy via secure video conferencing to your home, office or even your car, as long as it is parked safely. The only things you need are a stable internet connection and a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. You will also need to find a safe, confidential space where you will not be disturbed or at risk of being overheard. For this purpose, I also encourage the use of headphones or earphones to increase the feeling of privacy and improve sound quality. During our initial consultation I will give you the opportunity to explore if this feels like the most suitable way of working for you.
Many difficulties people are facing can be worked with online. Online therapy can be just as effective as therapy in person and there are many additional advantages to accessing support in this way:
- You are not restricted by location – you can choose the right therapist for you, rather than having to base your choice on them being geographically closest to you.
- Therapists who work online are often able to offer more flexibility in appointment times (early mornings or evenings for example). Some clients are also able to do online counselling during the workday, which suits them better than travelling from work or having to arrange childcare.
- Accessing therapy from your home means you can be comfortable in your own surroundings with no need to travel to a counsellor’s premises.
- Physical disabilities or psychological difficulties are no barrier to you getting the support you need.
- You may feel safer to talk and more at ease, in the comfort of your own home, with a cuppa.