"We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know." Carl R Rogers
How can counselling help?
For many of us, life can feel difficult or overwhelming at times and taking the step to contact a counsellor can feel daunting - it takes courage to ask for help.
Counselling can offer the space to reflect and explore issues that are troubling you, in a safe, confidential, calm and non-judgemental environment, with a trained professional. Talking with a counsellor who is independent of your situation can help to clarify and make sense of your thoughts and feelings and make choices about how you would like to move forward. You may find that you speak about issues you would not feel able to discuss with friends or family.
Person centred counselling is based on the belief that each of us has the resources to flourish and that the therapeutic environment of a counselling relationship can encourage this process to take place. It is very much a collaborative process, where we work together to help you find your way forward, and is not about you being judged or told what you should do.
If you decide to come to see me, I offer an initial 50 minute session for £20. During this I will ask you to tell me a little about the issues that are troubling you, and we will discuss the way we would work together. If you feel you would like to go ahead, I have a contract that I would ask you to take away and read, this explains about matters such as fees and cancellations, and confidentiality. I would seek to answer any queries or concerns you have - it is natural to feel apprehensive about coming to see a counsellor for the first time. Clients also often feel a great relief in beginning to talk about thoughts and feelings that may have been bottled up for some time.
I currently work in my private practice on Thursdays, and offer a range of daytime and evening appointment times.
How many sessions will I need?
Each client is different - there is no set number of sessions. We would review our work together on a regular basis to discuss how many sessions are right for you.
Sessions may take place weekly or at intervals that feel appropriate for you, and we would endeavour to find a regular slot that suits you.