I am nervous about calling you to arrange the first contact. What can I do? This is not a problem, you can email or text me instead and we can plan next steps.
Can you explain the first session?
The first session is a maximum of 55 minutes and it is an opportunity for us to discuss your reasons for seeking counselling, your history and concerns. I feel our relationship is fundamental to our work, so this session gives us the chance to decide if we wish to work together.
Are counselling and psychotherapy the same?
Sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably. Counselling tends to focus upon present difficulties or challenges; whereas psychotherapy is longer term, focusing upon deeper rooted work. We may use both to help you. There is no right or wrong - we work together to meet your needs.
What kind of problem(s) can I bring to counselling?
You can bring any problem or issue that you wish to discuss. These could be things concerning you now or from your past; it doesn’t matter. This is your space to explore what troubles you. My role is to listen to your concerns and to work with you. Useful or supportive strategies may be discussed rather than giving you direct advice.
How long will my counselling last?
I offer both open ended and time limited counselling. We can discuss this during our first session and can review this as we work together.
Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes. Of course, life circumstances can change - if you feel the need to end your therapy it would be beneficial to work towards an ending.
How much do I pay?
Session fees are £50.00 and are payable by cash or bank transfer on the session day.
Which areas can you support me with?
Abuse Addiction Attachment Bereavement and grief Bullying Depression Domestic abuse Family issues including marital Feeling sad or low Fertility issues including pregnancy, miscarriage General anxiety Identity issues-cultural, gender Loneliness Loss including relationships, bereavement, job, leaving home Low self-esteem / confidence Relationships including marital, parental, sibling, children, friendships, work Relationships with food Self-harm Stress-including work related stress Substance dependency Trauma Women’s Issues