Therapy & Frequently Asked Questions

Therapy

Therapy can both alleviate pain and suffering and add meaning and richness to life. It is the process of meeting with a therapist to talk through, and move towards, resolving  troubling issues, feelings, and difficulties. In addition therapy can help people to understand much more about themselves, and move towards a richer and more fulfilling life.

Issues I Work With:

  • Relationship difficulties at home or at work
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Addiction
  • Well-being
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Loneliness
  • Anger management
  • Stress
  • A feeling of a lack of purpose or fulfillment in life
  • Life transitions

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if I need counselling or psychotherapy?

You may wish to embark on a series of counselling sessions for a number of reasons: to try and understand more clearly what’s happening in your life, change old patterns, untangle complex personal issues and relationships or for self-development. You may seek counselling as a result of a crisis, or may want to change some part of your life or you may just welcome the chance to talk with a warm and trusting listener.

What happens in a counselling session?

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long. There is no typical counselling session. The counselling session is time set aside for you and what you talk about will vary according to what you bring and your needs. You are free to discuss whatever you wish to, from everyday events, dilemmas, difficulties, feelings, thoughts, memories and dreams. I provide a safe supportive environment in which to explore your issues and work towards increased understanding, and hopefully a better more fulfilling life.

What brings people to counselling?

People who come to counselling present wide-ranging problems including anxiety, stress in the work place, work-life imbalances, relationship issues (break-up, divorce, affairs, sexual problems, depression (including suicidal thoughts, low mood, social withdrawal), phobias & fears, addiction, low-self esteem & confidence, bereavement, grief or loss.

What kinds of people seek counselling?

Many types of people can benefit from counselling. Therapy is frequently conducted on a face-to-face level with individuals. However, counselling is also beneficial with couples, families, teenagers and children. My client group covers adults with different cultures, genders, sexual orientations, religious or faith beliefs. I welcome diversity.

What type of counselling do you offer?

My training is in Person Centred therapy. Person-Centred therapy was developed in the 1950s by Dr Carl Rogers, an American psychologist, as a non-directive therapy. Rogers believed that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the context in which healing and growth can – and will – take place, if the client experiences the right ‘core conditions’: namely, the therapist’s genuineness, respect and empathy. I will not claim to be an expert on your life or offer advice. My aim is to help you to become more fully yourself with the freedom to grow and the ability to change.

How do I start counselling?

To book a general consultation, please phone or email for an appointment. If you call and I don’t answer, please leave a message and I’ll speak to you within the next 24 hours.

How long should I expect to have to continue counselling?

The number of counselling sessions depends on you as an individual and your unique life issues. A first consultation will enable you to talk freely about any difficulties you may be having and see what a session is like. I can also answer any questions that you have about counselling and how I work. Often, you can start with 6 sessions and then review and discuss whether or how you want to continue. You are not limited in the number of sessions you can have.

Will my counselling be confidential?

Counselling sessions are confidential. What is discussed stays in the therapy room. There are two exceptions hto that rule. I may on occasion take an issue we discuss to my own supervision for guidance and advice. Also, if you pose a danger to yourself or others, then I will inform you that I will notify your doctor or another relevant person or organisation..

Why do I need to attend weekly sessions?

Regular contact is important for productive therapeutic work. The standard format of weekly sessions helps you and I to build a trusting relationship and hopefully make gradual and steady progress to helping you with your difficulties.

Why do I have to pay for missed/cancelled therapy sessions?

If you proceed with therapy sessions after the first consultation, I will reserve the same time slot (of 50 minutes) for you each week. If you can’t manage along one week, I ask you to give me forty-eight hours notice or you will be charged at the full fee.

How can I pay for a therapy session?

At the end of each session by cash or cheque. I do not have the facilities to accept credit or debit cards. You will be invoiced for any missed or cancelled sessions. Invoices must be paid within 7 days.

Do you offer concessions, discounts or low-cost therapy?

I have some datime spaces for students, or people with financial difficulties.

What if I have a complaint about my counsellor?

Complaints should be raised with me directly. If you are still not satisfied that your complaint has been addressed, then you can take this up with the counsellor’s accredited body (the BACP – British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).

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