Our sessions would be driven by you. We'd go at your pace: either solution-focused, based on a specific time-frame or more open-ended and not goal oriented. We'd discuss your specific needs and decide together whether counselling with me would be right for you.
I believe counselling and psychotherapy work best when client and therapist are truly at ease with each other. Finding someone who is a perfect fit is not always easy. It can be useful to contact a few therapists until the connection you make feels right for you. Interview the counsellor; find out how they will work with you; what they can do to help.
If there is a particular behaviour or anxiety that is having an impact on every day life, you might choose to work with that first before deciding whether to deal with anything underlying.
Our life experiences affect us in different ways and sometimes we aren't able to move forward because we haven't come to terms with past events. You might like to know it's not always necessary to re-live events in order to move on.
Gestalt therapy encourages us to stay in the 'here and now' and mindfulness helps us to live in the moment. Often a good place to start. Depending on what's best for you we could include CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to help change the way we think about things. We might also discuss the thoughts behind the theory of Transactional Analysis (TA) if you'd like. Guided imagery and visualisation have benefited some people I've worked with.
The key to our sessions is you and your needs. It is my belief that counselling should be as individual as you are.
Taking the first step can be the hardest in anything we do. We each take that first step only once. Go with your instincts, choose a counsellor and then trust the process that has helped others in the past.
Please accept my very best wishes for a successful journey, Corinne.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm an experienced therapist who holds a Diploma in Counselling and I've been working with clients for 20 years. I have worked with clients who have anxiety, depression, worry, low self esteem or who lack confidence. Others have been helped to control and understand their anger. Relationship difficulties have been helped both by working with individuals and couples counselling - it's whatever works best for you. I also have experience of working with people who have been abused: whether by emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
It's important to me that I continue my professional development so I engage in further training and workshops for all aspects of counselling. I've completed a Diploma in the Spiritual Dimension in Therapy and undertaken training in couples counselling.
My approach to counselling is humanistic meaning it has the client at the centre. I've also trained in CBT, guided imagery, visualisation, TA and Gestalt therapies. If it's appropriate for you, different types of therapy can provide alternative ways to look at things and useful tools and techniques. Mindfulness is helpful for most of us and I've had training in how to develop mindfulness skills that some clients choose to practice at home.
Our sessions are confidential within the Code of Ethics and Practice for Counsellors of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Telephone counselling (50 minutes): £28
Face to face counselling (60 minutes): £38
Couple counselling (75 minutes): £49
I offer a limited number of reduced fees for students.
Our first face to face session is important so we can see if we can work together and for this I make a reduction of 50%.
If we arrange a date and time to meet and it becomes necessary for you to alter our arrangement there will be no charge provided more than 24 hours notice is given.
Concessions offered for
We will meet in a pleasant location in Weston-super-Mare for face to face meetings.
I am experienced in telephone counselling if this is more convenient for you. I would speak to you from a private secure space in which our conversation would be completely confidential.
If you're thinking about telephone counselling it's helpful if you too have a place where you can make a private call without interruption.