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 friends and family.
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
I offer counselling in the following two formats, so it's worth taking a moment to consider which option suits you best.
Multiple Session Counselling for individuals. The client is asked to commit to three sessions lasting 60 minutes each. At the end of the third session we talk about how counselling is going for you and whether you’d like to continue exploring any outstanding issues or unfinished business, one session at a time, until you feel that you’ve made sufficient progress and achieved what you came for. Counselling over several sessions allows for deeper exploration and more widespread understanding of what’s going on for you.
Single Session Counselling for individuals. This is a single session lasting 90 minutes, with the option to book again afterwards if you feel there is more to be discussed. This is intended for:
- Those who are unable to commit to a series of sessions either for practical reasons or financial constraints.
- Those who are looking for a more direct style of counselling that is geared towards finding practical ways to move forward.
- Those who need counselling a short notice.
- Those who feel as though they just need to be heard by a professional as they think out loud about their issue or dilemma.
- Those who have just one particular thing that’s bothering them and are prepared to get straight to the heart of the matter.
This option may not be suitable for those who wish to take their time delving deeper into their issues or those who have complex issues, or more than one issue.
60 minute sessions £35 each (3-session agreement £105)
90 minute Single Session counselling £50
Payment can be made by cash, card or Paypal