"I have become stronger, more confident."
My counselling method is based on the Person-Centred Therapy view that everyone has the capacity for personal growth, change and self-actualisation, given the right therapeutic conditions. These core conditions, or values inform my practice: unconditional acceptance, empathy and genuineness. Rather than hiding behind the façade of expert and directing the therapy, my aim is to enable clients to find their own inner resources for resolving personal problems. This therapeutic space is proven to help the client to become self-healing, self-accepting and resilient. Clients will also experience being more empowered therefore better able to manage life challenges, creating a more fulfilling life.
I also incorporate Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tools which have successfully helped individuals to manage negative thoughts, compulsive self-criticism, low mood/depression and anxiety.
How many sessions will I need?My recommendation for a minimum quota of weekly sessions to address the reasons for counselling would be between 6 and 12. I have worked with clients who requested and benefitted from 12 plus sessions. I have seen clients who have requested to keep the run of sessions open-ended with regular space for review. The number of sessions one requires is up for discussion and I would ultimately be guided by the client.
How long do the sessions last for?My sessions are 50 minutes long.
How much does a session cost?My fee is £50 per session.
Where will the sessions take place?I work from a consultation room based at my home address.
Are the sessions confidential?My fundamental intent is to protect a client's right to privacy by ensuring that matters disclosed to me are not relayed to others without the informed consent of the client. There are four clear areas of exception or limits to confidentiality, legally and ethically: · When there is a clear risk to the client (if under 18 years of age), or if a child known to the client is at risk of abuse, neglect or harm. · In cases of actual or threatened violence (e.g. acts of terrorism), which includes harm to oneself or others; · A client requires urgent medical treatment or consultation with G.P. · When instructed by the Courts to reveal information (i.e. under court order).
I am available to see you face to face at my office, by telephone or via video call.
AREAS OF SPECIALITY
I can assist you to manage and overcome the following mental health concerns and presenting issues:
Abuse and neglect
Academic performance issues
Bereavement and loss
Bipolar Disorder/manic depression
Bullying and Cyberbullying
Employer grievance or disciplinary
Family Issues (including coping with divorce and separation)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Managing change and transitions
Negative or intrusive thoughts
Over-thinking and worry
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
School stress and academic pressure
Smoking (tobacco or cannabis)
Trauma/Post-traumatic Stress Disorder