There are many ways counselling can help you to deal with difficult situations or issues.
Increasing self-awareness may allow you to become an observer of your own life and help you make sense of the past and your current life.
You may notice how your thoughts influence your life and in turn shape your mood and life. Your emotions may become more manageable and your relationship with yourself and others more meaningful.
Counselling can help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression, allowing these to become more manageable.
It can also allow you to explore and process the difficult emotions associated with grief and loss.
According to the BACP Public Attitudes Survey 2014 1 in 4 people have had counselling. The previous survey carried out by the BACP in 2010 saw 1 in 5 people accessing counselling. This shows a significant increase of 20%.
The first session will be a chance to discuss if counselling is right for you. This will help you explore and clarify your reasons for seeking counselling and any expectations you may have.
We will discuss our contract which will include confidentiality, fees, boundaries and how we might work together.
Individual sessions cost £40 and last for 55 minutes. Payment is to be paid in full at the end of each session by cash, debit/credit card or BACS transfer.
Payment of the first session only to be taken at the point of booking by card payment. This payment will confirm your agreed appointment date and time.
Daytime appointments are available Monday-Friday and evenings on a Tuesday and a Thursday. I also offer appointments 9am-12 on a Saturday morning.Locations
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). This can be verified on the BACP Register.
The terms of membership stipulate that I abide by their Ethical Framework and demonstrates my fitness to practice.
It can be confusing when seeking counselling as there are a variety of therapeutic approaches. Some short-term therapies focus on problem resolution and symptom elimination. Such approaches deal with the here and now symptoms, often providing temporary relief.
If you would like to identify the root cause of your problem, which goes beyond eliminating symptoms, then psychodynamic counselling can help, which tends to be longer term.
As a psychodynamic counsellor great emphasis is placed on our formative experiences, starting in childhood. By exploring these behaviours and ways of relating, this process can help you be more consciously aware of where and why these behaviours were formed. Having increased self-awareness empowers you to consciously adapt your behaviour and ways of relating. This in turn can give you more control over your life and help with difficult emotions.
You can read a more in-depth explanation of psychodynamic counselling here.
The aim of counselling is ultimately to enable you to better navigate your life and relationships, as well as making more positive choices. Working together will help to reveal how and why you form the judgements and make the decisions you do, rather than me telling you what to do. Consequently, you will come to rely on your own judgement. This process will help you look at your situation from a different perspective.
I work at two locations to give you more flexibility and choice.