What to expect
Counselling provides a space to explore your thoughts and feelings, where you can build self-awareness in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment. The goal is to give you the opportunity to make better decisions, to assess belief systems, modify behaviours and to improve relationships.
Counselling is collaborative and my job is to listen and to provide an environment where you feel safe enough to process your inner thoughts and feelings. This offers the opportunity to clarify issues, to identify barriers to change, to set goals and to develop coping skills to address your challenges. The goal is to help you live a meaningful and fulfilling life.
My counselling style is an integration of Humanism and CBT and I also have experience of the 12 step model. My approach is not prescriptive and I will work with you in finding a solution that fits in with your needs and lifestyle. I believe that it is important to look at any current issues in the context of your whole life and biographical work is often an option that we can explore.
I truly love this work and bring my experience, passion and creativity to each session. I am happy for you to contact me via email or phone to set up a free initial appointment where we can talk about the process of therapy and I can answer any questions you might have. I will respond to your enquiry the same day.
One question that I get asked regularly is how many sessions it will take to see some improvement and the answer I usually give is that it depends on how much the client is willing to put in. Therapy with me is not a passive process and involves committed engagement and can often involve written work and journal keeping.
Typically it will take a few sessions to assess the circumstances that brought you to therapy. Beyond this we will often review the issues that led you to seek help in the context of your whole life. For some clients a few months of therapy is enough to facilitate the changes required whilst for others the process happens over a longer more 'open ended' period where ongoing support is provided.