What is counselling?
Counselling is a 'talking therapy', and it offers a safe and confidential setting where you can explore and understand what may be troubling you, and make choices and changes that you want to make.
As a Person-Centred Counsellor, I provide a safe and supportive relationship which is firmly based in warmth, genuineness, understanding and acceptance, and it is this kind of relationship that can enable you to achieve your personal aims.
There are different forms of counselling - one may suit you better than others, yet it is most effective when you feel comfortable with the Counsellor, and have a commitment and openness to the experience.
Why do people come for counselling?
There are many reasons why people come for counselling, yet perhaps the most important one is that you feel you need it. If you are feeling stuck, unhappy or unfulfilled in life, confused, anxious, stressed or depressed, counselling can help.
Are you the right Counsellor for me?
The only way to know is to meet for an introductory appointment. Here we can explore counselling, see if my counselling approach fits with you, and establish if we could work well together.
What happens in an individual counselling session?
We will start where you want to start, and I provide a safe and supportive relationship where you can be yourself, talk in an open and honest way, feel heard and understood.
At times I will challenge what I hear to enable you to reflect, or see things in a different way, yet this will always come from a place of support and genuineness.
As a Person-Centred Counsellor, I place an emphasis on exploring and working through feelings and emotions because I believe this brings about healing and change.
Exploring feelings and emotions can be difficult, yet there are many creative ways of doing this, such as through the use of art materials, photos, writing, and even referring to images or metaphors.
How many sessions will I need?
It is difficult to know, and may depend on the nature of the counselling. I always recommend 6 sessions to begin with, as this can enable us to establish the effectiveness of our work together. All counselling is reviewed on a regular basis.
What happens in a couples and family session?
I encourage an environment where you can talk, observe, and listen to one another, and I will listen, respect and respond to everyone's experience, as opposed to 'take sides'.
At the start of the session, everyone will have the opportunity to say what they would like to talk about, and an agenda will be set from this.
To aid communication, I may take on the role of mediator/translator, comment on what is happening in the counselling room, and offer the opportunity to practise the roles of ‘speaker’ and ‘listener’.
Are you a member of a professional body?
Yes, I am an accredited professional registrant of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and I adhere to their Code of Ethics. I am also subject to their complaints procedure currently in force.
What are your counselling fees?
Individual appointments are charged at £40 for 60 minutes, couple appointments are charged at £50 for 90 minutes, and family appointments are charged at £60 for 90 minutes.
I usually have 1-2 spaces for concessionary rates, so if finances are a concern for you please speak to me about this. All fees are paid on the day of your appointment.