About Counselling

What brings people to counselling, how counselling might help you, and how counselling sessions work

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Are you struggling with life's challenges?

People come to counselling for many reasons. They might be struggling with stress, anxiety or panic attacks, having family or relationship issues, social worries, health concerns, bereavements, and/or work-related problems. Life for them might feel overwhelming and hopeless, they might feel alone, lost, trapped, and directionless... with a loss of identity, purpose and future.


The recent COVID 19 pandemic, and rising cost of living has also increased stress-levels and produced many grief responses, as we have been forced to adapt to a new way of life. We have suffered losses of freedom, finance, confidence and connections, as well as the loss of loved ones and, perhaps, the chance to say goodbye.


Talking to a trained professional can help to process these emotions and make them feel more manageable. As the saying goes, talking helps!


I have worked with clients who have come to therapy for all the above reasons, plus the following: anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, panic disorder, stress, depression, feelings of sadness, low mood, low self-confidence/self-esteem, unwanted thoughts or fears, self-defeating habits/patterns of behaviour, bereavement, fertility problems, relationship problems, family issues, parental burnout, work-related issues, work burnout, accident/illness, and difficulty coping with a past event.


All these challenges can make life feel overwhelming, all can seem hopeless, you can feel alone, lost, trapped, directionless, stressed and anxious. Counselling can help with these feelings. 


How counselling can help

Through life’s tough times you might feel you are facing things alone, or that you need a different kind of support to that which your family/friends can offer. Counselling is an opportunity to stop for a moment, to sit with an empathic, understanding, and non-judgemental professional who is outside of your situation and discuss what is really going on for you. It can offer a confidential safe space for you to re-evaluate your past and/or present challenges and grow from them.


My aim is to work with you to understand what your world is like for you, and what you are like as a unique individual, so that together we can explore your concerns, allow you to process any difficult thoughts or emotions, help to put your worries and fears into perspective, and enable you to feel better able to cope and in more control of your life.

How counselling can help

Through life’s tough times you might feel you are facing things alone, or that you need a different kind of support to that which your family/friends can offer. Counselling is an opportunity to stop for a moment, to sit with an empathic, understanding, and non-judgemental professional who is outside of your situation and discuss what is really going on for you. It can offer a confidential safe space for you to re-evaluate your past and/or present challenges and grow from them.


My aim is to work with you to understand what your world is like for you, and what you are like as a unique individual, so that together we can explore your concerns, allow you to process any difficult thoughts or emotions, help to put your worries and fears into perspective, and enable you to feel better able to cope and in more control of your life.

How counselling sessions work

Counselling gives you an opportunity to stop for a moment, to sit with an empathic, understanding, and non-judgemental professional who is outside of your situation and explore at a deeper level what is really going on for you. It is about the counsellor helping you to understand yourself better and find the necessary tools to make change in your life.


In my counselling sessions I aim to help my clients think about the feelings and behaviours that are troubling them, and support them as we explore what might be happening behind the problem. I offer a calm, confidential safe setting for them to do so, and listen to their stories thoughtfully and sensitively, so that they feel effectively heard and listened to. This helps my clients gain a new understanding of themselves and/or of their situation, and enables them to view things in a different, more constructive, perspective. It allows them to re-evaluate their past and/or present challenges and move forward/grow from them.


As the saying goes, “It helps to talk!”, and I feel that it usually does. In my experience, if someone feels able to speak freely, knowing that they are being attentively heard by someone who will think alongside them with what they bring, make them feel safe and valued, and not judge them, tell them what to do, or break their confidence, then things become more bearable and the potential for growth and progression is immense.


As a person-centred counsellor, the focus for the counselling in my sessions is whatever is most important to the client – what they want to work on, or what they feel they need support with. My clients and I work alongside each other to bring about the changes they would like to see in their life, and we do so at my clients' own pace. 


During the sessions, I will not lecture, judge or advise my clients, I believe that they are the only people living their own life, and that only they know what feels right for them. My role is to instead listen and support my clients in any way they require to allow them to gain clarity, develop, grow and find their own way. 


I also help clients to prioritise what is most important in their life, and gain relief from the unstructured turmoil they may have found themselves in.


Duration of counselling and number of sessions

I currently have a range of appointments available for online face-to-face sessions, which take place via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. Online appointments offer a greater range of session times, and more flexibility with the frequency and regularity of sessions.


Therapy with me can be long-term, short-term, open-ended or time-limited, depending on each client’s needs. Sessions last 50 minutes on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or more frequent, basis, as agreed with each individual client.


Initial session

Before committing to therapy, I offer an initial, no obligation first session. In this first session I will do my best to put you at ease because I am aware that starting counselling can be challenging. I will ask you to tell me about yourself, the worries you are experiencing and what brings you to counselling – your needs and goals for therapy. 


This first session will give you the opportunity to experience therapy first-hand, and will help us decide if we can work together. It will also allow you to establish if you feel my approach to counselling meets your needs. If you do decide to continue working with me, we will agree on a time to meet during this initial session.


Subsequent sessions

Following the initial session, should you wish to continue counselling with me, we will agree a simple contract together, and then I will ask a few assessment questions so that I can get an overview of what your life is like for you. This will allow me to understand your world more quickly, and enable us to work better together. 


After this the focus of the sessions will be whatever is most important for you, the client – what you want to work on, or feel you need support with. I will work alongside you to help you bring about the changes you would like to see in their life, at a pace determined by you.


Review sessions

I will hold regular review sessions during our time working together, which will enable both myself, and you, to reflect on how our sessions have been going, what you have found useful and what else you may like to work on.


Fees

I am currently offering the initial session at a discounted rate of £40. Subsequent sessions are £50.

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