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What can counselling do for me?
When you choose one-to-one counselling, you are giving yourself the opportunity to consider who you are and be listened to. To speak unspoken thoughts, put words to feelings, a place to be who you want to be.
The relationship is confidential and a time for you to explore your feelings and thoughts at a pace which suits you. The counselling setting provides a safe caring environment, which may assist your healing, understanding and growth as a person.
What is counselling?
Counselling is either short-term or open-ended which would be considered long-term. Some things take longer to explore than others.
Whether a counsellor or psychotherapist, a professionally trained individual seeing you for the first time, will be able to help you decide about a suitable way forward for what you would like to achieve. Sometimes, this may feel overwhelming and bring other issues that perhaps you were not aware of, although taking this first step may also help you feel things can change. We will also set up an agreed contract; discuss confidentiality, care for self, time and place for sessions.
My role as a counsellor is not to tell you what to do; it is to support you through a process of growth without judgement. I hope to explore the issues you are ready to share, helping you to make sense of what is troubling you and to discover what might be right for you.
To ensure that the highest standards are maintained, I receive support through professional supervision and training.
How can counselling help?
Talking to someone who gives you his or her total attention and empathy, may be a way to help you see yourself and your situation in a clearer more balanced way. Feelings of release from being alone with your difficult or confusing thoughts and feelings are often experienced.
With this talking therapy, experiencing issues and feelings in a new light can clarify them and help you see a new pathway. This may enable you to work with any issues and see how you can manage and achieve changes. It may also help you come to terms with and manage those things you cannot change.
You might want to talk about all aspects of your life, or you may be struggling with particular issues such as:
Marital or relationship issues
Family problems or struggles in caring for someone
Physical health or disability
Feelings such as shame, guilt anger, or lack of confidence
Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress
Life transitions such as leaving home, retirement or starting university
Life events like becoming a step-parent, divorce or loss
Feelings about yourself, your personality, identity or sexuality
Trauma, abuse, violence or self-harm/injury in your life
Other specific mental health problems or disorders
So often clients say that they felt nervous about the prospect of being faced with a blank screen type of 'professional' person - someone who would just stare at them silently. We are 'human' and 'ordinary' - we know from our own personal experiences of counselling/therapy that none of this stuff is easy.
As part of our professional training, we have counselling ourselves and most counsellors continue to have therapy sessions after qualifying. I feel it enables us to feel what it is like to be in the client’s place, therefore, have a good grasp of the complexities and emotions therapy brings.
How much does it cost?
I charge £50 per 50 minute session, payable at booking through our online portal, although we do offer a discount if sessions are booked and paid for in blocks of six. I offer a free telephone consultation so that we can understand if therapy is right for you.
I can offer a reduced fee for students and those in financial hardship. This is something that we can negotiate together in our initial telephone assessment or via email.