People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons and at all times of life. Making the choice to come to counselling means that you’re making a choice to value your time and look after your own needs, not just the needs of others around you. Counselling provides us with a space to be heard, time to process what’s going on inside and time to work out how to respond to the demands that life is making.
I work with individuals as well as couples and have also worked in family centres over the last twenty years. I find that people often come along not knowing what they want to change or how they want their lives to be, often they are just aware of what feels wrong and what is making them unhappy, anxious, angry (or whatever other emotions they’re finding difficult to cope with).
I believe that just giving ourselves the time to be heard and, even more importantly, to hear ourselves is a huge part of the healing process since it may be the first time someone has really experienced that. Compassion for ourselves is often also lacking and that’s something I feel is really important to develop because life is hard enough, without all of the critical inner judgements we often make too.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (1995) and have spent time since qualifying to bring in lots of other techniques too, such as Transactional Analysis and Gestalt as well as some Psychodynamic theory. This just means that I can find different ways of approaching things when people feel stuck.
Some of the areas I am experienced in working with include:
- Relationship problems (individuals and couples)
- Career counselling and work related issues
- Loss, grief and bereavement
- Separation and divorce
- Serious illness
- Lack of confidence and low self-esteem
- Anger management
- Addiction and dependency
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
When you contact me we can arrange an initial appointment, which I offer at a reduced rate since it gives you the opportunity to see what you think about counselling and whether you’d like to continue. The costs for both individuals and couples are outlined below.
Initial appointments last approximately one hour fifteen minutes.
These cost £30 and are an opportunity for you to see if counselling is right for you.
Following appointments last one hour and cost £45
Initial appointments last one hour thirty minutes and cost £45
Following appointments last one hour and cost £60
Daytime, evening and weekend appointments are possible, subject to availability.
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Type of session
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