I understand that it can take a lot of courage to take the first step into counselling. To ask for, and to be willing to receive help from another person can take a lot of courage and it is important for you to feel comfortable with your counsellor. I hope that the following will give you a sense of who I am and how I work.
In our sessions together you will find me to be an open, thoughtful, and reflective person who strives to work with compassion, empathy and humour. I pay close attention to the needs to my clients and will always work to make our time together feel a safe place for you.
The kind of issues clients bring covers a wide range. Anxiety, depression, and relationship issues of any description are often reasons to come to counselling. You may come with feelings of low self esteem or lack of self confidence. Perhaps you are struggling with coping with feelings of anger, shame, or loneliness. You may have experienced loss; perhaps for a person, job, place or role in life, or you may feel a sense of loss of dreams, hope or purpose. Counselling offers a way understand and come to terms with these bereavements. You may simply feel overwhelmed by your emotions and the pressures of life. Alternatively you may find it difficult to experience or express any feelings at all. Trauma takes many forms; physical, mental, and emotional and counselling can help you make peace with the past and learn how to engage in your life.
Counselling can also help you explore wider issues, such as finding your place in the world, deciding which path to take in life and give you support while you go through a time of difficult change. It can be used to help you understand and accept questions that may have arisen in your life around areas of sexuality, your cultural experience, or spirituality.
I believe that Counselling should give you a safe and respectful relationship with someone who will give you uninterrupted time, listening to your thoughts and feelings with compassion and acceptance.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training is in Integrative Psychosynthesis. This means that I believe that the relationship between the counsellor and the client is the key to healing.
Integrative means that my training many different therapeutic approaches including Gestalt, Psycho-Dynamic, Jungian and Humanistic. I believe that emotional, environmental, physical and spiritual factors all play apart in defining who we are. Because everyone is unique, I work in a way that suits you and will adapt to your needs.
Psychosynthesis can be translated to mean 'with soul', which makes me what is known as a Transpersonal Therapist. I see any spiritual beliefs you might (or might not) hold as being an important part of who you are. I would never judge or belittle you for any of your beliefs.
Qualifications & Experience
Having spent several years honing my skills at the Spiral Holistic Therapy Centre in North London, I have now set up my own private practice, Weft Counselling Service, on the Isle of Wight.I have particular experience and understanding of living with the effects of the addictive behaviour of a loved one, anxiety and depression, difficulties in the work place, relationship problems, and the effect of physical disabilities and chronic pain. I have a wide experience working with people of varied sexualities, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.
I hold a counselling diploma from Re.Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis, a training accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I am a BACP registered Counsellor. As a member of BACP I have pledged to adhere to their code of ethics and practice. I have regular counselling supervision with an experienced Supervisor and Counsellor/Psychotherapist. I am committed to regular training and to my own personal development, and it is important to me to be continually deepening my own understanding of myself and others. I hold full public liability insurance.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
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.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions cost £40 for 50 minutes. The first assessment session costs £25.
When you are considering counselling you often have many practical questions. Below is a list of the most common. If there is anything else you would like to know that you don't see answered here, please get in touch.
What happens in the first session?
The first session is an assessment session and is therefore somewhat different to a usual counselling session. It is an opportunity for you to find out if counselling with me is right for you. We will talk about what has brought you to counselling, what you want to achieve and any questions or concerns you may have.
How often should I attend?
All counselling sessions are for 50 minutes. We would meet once a week and, ideally, at a regular time. I don't offer sessions less than once a week, as I believe counselling is most effective when you are regularly looking at your issues. If you feel that you need to have counselling more frequently, or that you would benefit from longer sessions, this is something that we can discuss and arrange if we decide it will benefit you.
How long will I need?
The amount of time each person may need in counselling varies from person to person and may depend on why you have decided to come. Initially I would suggest we see each other for eight sessions and then talk about how you are feeling and whether you want to continue. If you want to focus on one particular issue then this may be enough. If you want to explore more than one issue I would recommend longer term counselling, which can be for as long as you need. You chose what we discuss and of course you can decide to stop the counselling at any time.
When are you available?
I am available on weekdays from 11am and into the afternoon and evening. If you have a particular time/date that works best for you, please ask.
Where are you based?
I am based in Newport, on the Isle of Wight. Please contact me directly if you want more information about the precise location.