Counselling & how I work
Some people come with a particular problem they want to address. Others want to look at their emotional life in general. And sometimes, people are not very clear what the problem is, but know that there is something that is not quite right.
Quite often, a person may talk about a particular problem, which is related to other difficulties or aspects of their lives. In these cases, I will help the client to make links between their initial complaint and what goes on in their lives, so to gain a better understanding of why, how and when the problem started.
Other people might seek counselling for personal growth. There is no right or wrong. We can discuss your aims during our first session, which can be reviewed as we continue to work together.
I follow an integrative approach, which means I tailor the counselling process to each client, focusing fully on their needs. I use different aspects from different theories, that value and take into account the uniqueness of each person and their circumstance.
I believe in offering an empathetic, authentic and non-judgmental environment. Placing a high value on each person’s potential while they go through their journey, encouraging and supporting individual growth.
Our sessions can be either by telephone, online (i.e. zoom, skype or FaceTime) or outdoors (walk and talk therapy).
Online counselling can be provided anywhere in the world (except the USA and Canada).
Our first session will be an opportunity to say hello and make sure we are comfortable working together. You will also be able to have a feel about what therapy is like and have a chance to ask any questions and to decide whether or not counselling/therapy is something you would like to pursue.
If you are happy to go ahead and I feel I am able to meet your needs, we will arrange a course of subsequent sessions. Sessions are at a regular time each week, throughout the duration of our time working together and they run for 50 minutes. This will be your time - I will be there with you, to support you, listening and responding objectively and with empathy.
To arrange our first session or to contact me for a brief chat to answer any questions you may have, click here.
Telephone/online sessions for individuals (50 minutes): £50 ; (80 minutes £70)
Outdoors (walk and talk therapy - 50 minutes): £50
Couples (online,1 hour): £70
For extended sessions for couples, please contact me for more information.
Concession rates available for students and key workers.
Payment for therapy must be made in advance at least 48hrs prior to the agreed time of session.
*Please note: A 48 hour cancellation policy applies and the client will be expected to pay the session’s full fee for any missed or cancelled sessions with less than 48hrs notice. With advance notice I will try to offer another session on the same week, subject to availability. Full T&Cs available at the initial session.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of counselling?
During the counselling process, you may experience a range of emotions which will ultimately enable you to grow. Individuals can benefit from counselling in different ways. Some (but not all) of the benefits are: ability to set boundaries, improved relationships, greater self-confidence, improved communication and assertiveness, less anxiety, regaining emotional balance, stress relief, trauma resolution, etc.
What happens after I make the initial contact?
You can make the initial contact via email or telephone. We will then agree a mutual time for our first session (via telephone/online). At the first session, it will be a chance for you to speak about yourself and to explore what is troubling you. I may ask you questions or encourage you to say more about a particular topic.
The session lasts 50 minutes and it will also be an opportunity for you to have a feel about what therapy is like, to ask me any questions and to decide whether or not you would like to work with me.
How do you work?
I can provide short term, long term or open-ended therapy. Once you decide to start therapy we will then agree on a regular day and time for your sessions, fees, holidays, notice period, etc. Sessions can be held via telephone, online (zoom, FaceTime) or outdoors.
What happens if I can't attend my session?
If you are unable to attend to your regular session you will need to contact me 48hs prior to your appointment's time and you will not be charged. However, if you don't attend your session or if you cancel with less than 48hs notice, you will still be charged.
Is everything I say confidential?
Confidentiality is a very important aspect of counselling. In order to build a trusting relationship it is paramount that I offer a confidential space where the client feels free to say anything they want without worrying that someone else will know about it. However, there are times where confidentiality needs to be broken; any exceptions will be discussed with you and covered in my contract.
If I need further support outside our sessions what can I do?
For a list of support available from external organisations click here.
What is the difference between Psychotherapist and Counsellor?
A counsellor will utilise psychotherapy to help clients going through mental health difficulties. In some cases, professionals may choose to call themselves a psychotherapist. Others may refer to themselves as a counsellor.
Some experts believe that while areas of the two professions overlap, psychotherapists work on longer-term concerns and have the training to reflect this. Others argue that there is little to no distinction between the professions. Many counsellors now undergo similar extensive training as psychotherapists. Checking a professional's experience, training and qualifications is always advised. This will give you a better understanding of how they can help support your needs.
I am a qualified counsellor and I am a Member of the BACP (Brith Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I work in line with their Ethics code. If you have any further question, please do not hesitate to contact me. Alternatively, you can also find further information here.
To find out more about me click here.
If you would like to understand how walk and talk therapy works, click here.
To arrange an initial consultation click here.