Counselling is a talking therapy where you can explore issues and experience feelings of being heard and listened to. The space that is created through counselling can offer an opportunity to talk about how you feel and help you find ways to deal with emotional and practical issues. It is a collaborative process where you have the chance to share your story in a safe, non-judgmental and respectful space.
It may be that you feel stuck in a cycle of self defeating behavior and now want to explore ways of changing your routine in order to achieve a more productive life. Counselling can be the space to do just that. It could be that you are feeling unable to cope, depressed, anxious and alone. Memories of the past, painful events in the present or worries about the future may be preventing you from enjoying life or moving forward. It may help to talk to someone in confidence.
It can be daunting to take the first steps towards making changes in your life; but with a little courage and support you can begin to understand yourself and your difficulties, recognize the things that are holding you back and explore different ways to make a change.
The first step is getting in touch using the contact details provided in the contacts page. We can discuss what has brought you to counselling and whether or not my experienced expertise in counselling is a good fit for you. Often with any therapy it is through a discussion either by email or phone that you can get a feel for whether a type of therapy or therapist is right for you. I use an integrative approach to counselling. For all queries around booking sessions please get in touch using the contacts page.
The first step is a free initial consultation by telephone which allows you to outline your presenting issues. Once a discussion is had and we have agreed for you to book sessions you can go to my bookings page and book your initial consultation by clicking on the booking form. This will be the second step after your inquiry and allow you to confirm your first (assessment) counselling session. The final step will be payment and attending your counselling session.We can talk about what you want to achieve and the best possible options to suit your needs during the agreed counselling process.
Following the initial consultation the usual arrangement for counselling is weekly sessions. This will allow you time to reflect on and process what has been discussed in-between sessions. The number of sessions will depend on the issues and whether you want short or long term counselling. This can be decided as you work through your sessions or decided at the start. Of course changing your mind is your choice and any decisions made will be respected and adhered to.
However I may highlight what I may assess as more or less useful in terms of sessions but it is then your choice as to what you feel is best suited to your current situation. You can book each session individually, or book a block of sessions. A commitment of number of sessions (so we know how long or short a time we are working with) will however provide a good starting point.
If you need to cancel your session 48 hour notice will be required for a full refund.
Please contact to discuss booking sessions, once agreed then please confirm by filling out the booking form. Please provide a type of best contact details for me to reply should I need to.
I have fifteen years of working within many support sectors. I have worked for the following organisations: Victim Support, The NHS Housing association for people with disabilities Cruse Bereavement Care. Local charity advocating and supporting people within the community.
I use an integrative approach to counselling. This means many forms of counselling theory is used to offer a fuller range of counselling skills.
Your sessions will be held in a safe, respectful and confidential environment.
Agree a contract with you, the client, which includes dates, times, agreement to confidentiality on my part and any legal limitations to confidentiality, such as risk to yourself or others and safeguarding children.
Work through Issues you want to discuss, explore and process.
Be non-judgmental, genuine, respectful, and encourage you to talk openly and honestly
Listen to you, use empathy, which supports and helps you explore, understand and deal with your feelings
Assist you in evaluating your life
Work within the ethical guidelines of the national Counselling Society code of ethics
Benefits of Counselling
Potential Benefits of Counselling
The counselling process is, in many ways, like an educational experience. You will not only learn more about yourself, but also potentially acquires new skills and awareness.
Below are some examples of what people can gain from personal/psychological counselling:
improved communication and interpersonal skills
greater self-acceptance and self-esteem
ability to change self-defeating behaviors/habits
better expression and management of emotions, including anger
relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
increased confidence and decision-making skills
ability to manage stress effectively
improved problem-solving and conflict resolution abilities
I am a registered Accredited member of the National Counselling Society and I am committed to adhere to their professional Code Of Ethics.