Counselling gives you the opportunity and time to explore the issues that may be troubling you, or holding you back in your everyday life.
It's is a process of discovery and understanding that helps you to see what's been going on, and helps you to cope with difficult circumstances. It also empowers you to make any changes to your life that you think would be beneficial.
You can take the opportunity to take stock of your values and beliefs, and decide how those factors are either working for you or against you. We can also look at the factors that have been influencing how you live and you feel about yourself.
Increasing your self-awareness gives you a better sense of who you are, what's been driving you, and the sort of changes you may need to make in order to feel more satisfied, fulfilled and authentic.
The issues talked about are up to the you. You will not be judged and the process will involve listening, understanding, challenging unhelpful beliefs, and asking searching questions. If you have been through something traumatic you will be given the time to reflect and talk about it with whatever emotions may occur. The matters you raise are treated in confidence, although there are a few exceptions which will be explained at the outset.
There are several different counselling approaches, and some of the names may be familiar to you, such as CBT and Psychodynamic.
The type of counselling I offer is called Integrative. This means that I don't rely solely on one method of counselling. I call upon a range of ideas of methods and integrate them into a form of counselling that takes into account the unique circumstances and needs of each client. Integrative counselling begins by listening to your story and understanding your issues. The process of listening and understanding is ongoing throughout, but integrative counselling also incorporates various models of therapeutic approach in a way that is appropriate to the needs of the individual client.
The success and usefulness of counselling is not only dependent on the counsellor, but also on the client’s willingness to engage with the process.
Clients stand a better chance of benefitting from counselling when they have a genuine readiness and desire to explore their issues, rather than when they feel unduly coerced or pressured by well-meaning friends and family.
There is no minimum or maximum number of sessions and each session lasts 60 minutes. Each client will engage and make progress at their own individual rate. However, it is unrealistic for clients with several complex issues to expect to get everything sorted in just a couple of sessions.
Clients with limited funds for counselling, or who have limited time, may be able to opt for one-off Single Session Counselling. These sessions last 90 minutes and may be suitable for clients who feel commited and focused on finding a solution to one particular issue. Ask me for more details.
Clients can come with a variety of issues, but I feel I am of most help in the following areas:
- Finding Personal Meaning
- Facing difficult decisions
- Relationships, Communication and Understanding each other
- Looking at how the past is affecting your present
- Finding clarity
- Helping you to explore your values and beliefs
- Discovering and challenging your limitations
- Anxiety brought on by social media
- Addiction to your phone
- Sex and Sexuality
- Reconnecting with your erotic self
- Dealing with long-term relationship boredom
- When you feel stuck, limited or fed up with life
- Eating Disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Anger issues
- Mid-life crisis
- Making meaningful changes
Counselling normally takes place weekly in a totally private room at my home address in Runcorn. However, you can also choose more flexible arrangements if you have childcare difficulties or a shift pattern that makes regular weekly sessions impossible. In certain circumstances, I can also offer a mobile option whereby I come to you. I can also offer outdoor counselling, sometimes referred to as "walk n talk".
60 minute weekly sessions £30
90 minute Single Session counselling £45
Payment can be made by cash, card or Paypal