What is Counselling?

 

Counselling allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. The term can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. 

 

A counsellor is not there to sit you down and tell you what to do - instead, they will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. 

 

Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they're thinking or feeling further, as well as anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve. People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to their other half/friends/family about such personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint. 

 

The way counselling can help will depend on the person receiving the treatment. For many, the fact that counselling offers a safe and confidential environment to speak in is all it takes. In life, what we say to others can sometimes have a knock-on effect, altering relationships and the way people see each other. Counselling eliminates this problem and offers you the space and freedom to explore your own thoughts with an unbiased party. 

 

What can I offer you? 

 

I am an MBACP registered Person-Centred Counsellor/Psychotherapist; helping people of all ages and backgrounds overcome a range of issues, in a non-judgemental manner. The Person-Centred Counsellor believes that all clients have within themselves vast resources for development. You have the capacity to grow towards the fulfillment of your unique identity and make sense of your own experiences. 

 

How does this work? 

 

During the sessions, we will work together to explore the issues you are faced with. The purpose of my role is to provide a collaborative environment; drawing on my professional experience and qualifications to ensure you are given the support you need. 

 

I believe that people are resilient. Given the right environment, and the opportunity to speak freely about their experiences; the individual can accept who they are and reconnect with themselves. 

 

Getting Started

 

If you're interested in starting counselling, please email me and we will arrange the first session at a time that is mutually beneficial for both of us. In that first session, we'll talk about what you want to get out of counselling. At the end of the session, if you're happy to continue, we will meet at the same time each week for as long as you require. 

 

Additional Information

 

My fee is £55 per session. With concessions available for afternoon appointments.

 

I also offer online Skype counselling and phone sessions for £50.

 

I offer biweekly sessions, but I don't always have a lot of availability for it. So let me know in your initial email that you're looking for counselling every two weeks.

 

Each session will last 50 minutes and will take place at the same time on a weekly basis, to ensure consistency throughout the process. 

 

Due to my flexible schedule, I am able to see clients during the day and the evening, and will always do my best to accommodate you at the earliest possibility. 

 

All sessions take place in conjunction with the BACP ethical framework. 

 

'The Person-Centred approach is about emotional intimacy: it becomes increasingly transformative as emotional contact deepens. Understanding with the head is important, but not as important as understanding with the heart.'

Janet Tolan (2003) 

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