I offer an initial telephone consultation of up to 30 minutes to discuss your requirements and explore if we feel that we could work well together on those issues.
Normal sessions last 50 minutes at a cost of £50, payable in cash on the day or in advance by BACS.
Telephone or Zoom counselling is also available at the same price.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have a MSc (Level 7) in Counselling, supported by a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. I have also undertaken additional training to work with young people and am committed to continuous professional development, through a variety of additional training courses.
Alongside private practice, I have worked in family and social care situations, often including concerns around domestic violence and abuse, divorce, relationship difficulties and parenting issues. I have also worked in bereavement and grief counselling and as a school/college counsellor with children and young people (aged 7-20) in schools and college.
I currently have face to face spaces on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings for adults and young people (aged 10 and upwards). Zoom/telephone may be more flexible.
Counselling is a talking therapy, aimed at helping you explore the difficulties you are experiencing and finding the right way to resolve them for you.
My integrative counselling training included a variety of approaches, focused on bringing the right counselling techniques into the room at the right time, to help you resolve the issues you are experiencing and working through. Each client is an individual and needs something slightly different. Integrative counselling allows that unique approach in every circumstance, with counselling being entirely focused on you and your needs.
My approach is based around a relational approach, in that it is likely that we will find relationships between all elements of your life which impact on the issues of concern. It may be that elements of a psychodynamic approach are relevant to consider your past and how that has affected you in your life. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be highly effective in identifying learned behaviours which may no longer be helpful, and offering coping strategies to start to change the effect of them on your life. Gestalt techniques can help to identify how and where emotions are really felt in your body, in the here and now: this can provide unexpected insight and understanding. Overall, I always work from a starting point of a person-centred approach – you, as the client, decide what you want to work on and we agree together how best we can take that forward.
Common Issues I work with
I am experienced most working with the following issues, but if your concerns are not listed, please feel free to call for a free consultation when we can decide if I am the right person to provide support at this time:
Anxiety and stress
Bereavement and grief
Depression and low mood
Endings and coping with change
Self-esteem/positive self-image issues