Thinking about and then going into therapy can be a hard decisions a person can make. For you to realise that things are not how you wish them to be and to want to make a change is for most, the beginning of this journey. With counselling its all about journeys, journeys towards positive growth, recovery and self-empowerment. As a counsellor I recognise the courage it takes to make these changes and I am here to help support you on your journey. I offer you a safe and confidential setting as well as being respectful and non-judgementally.
As a counsellor, I am not here to give advice, but to listen and help you question the way you look at things, the way you behave or react to situations or people and also help you to develop new strategies for dealing with your situation. As counselling sessions progress, I will get to know you, develop an understanding of your circumstances, listening to what you have to say and offer support and insight.
People engage in therapy for many different reasons including -
Relationship or family issues
Major life changes
Coping with separation and new relationships
Domestic violence or sexual abuse
Coming to terms with abuse in your childhood
Depression or anxiety
Loss and grief
Parenting and step-parenting
Counselling sessions are flexible, professional and unique to the client. I work on an individual basis, usually giving clients 1 counselling session per week / fortnightly. I take an integrative approach to therapy which means that I explore the relationship between thoughts, feelings and physical experience, focusing particularly on the links between the past and the present.
In our work together you will develop a deeper understanding of how your past relationships and experiences continue to influence and affect you. This understanding can help in processing of thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviours, enabling you to make positive and lasting change.
Your first session will be an assessment session, will be for 1 hour. We will look at the contract within this session as well as what issues has brought you to counselling. It will also be a chance for you to see if you are happy to work with me. Choosing a counsellor is a important step and it is ok to say that you can't work with me as it needs to feel right for you.
Each therapy session lasts 50 minutes, with sessions usually take place once a week or fortnightly. I work with clients on an open-ended or short term basis, both frequency and period will be discussed within the assessment session.