What I offer you with counselling is a private space for your voice to be heard and a relationship in which you feel supported to open up about your difficulties, without fear of rebuke or ridicule. I endeavour to provide an environment which enables you to safely express your emotions, talk through your issues and cultivate shared reflection to make some sense of things.
Setting aside 50 minutes once a week to discuss your concerns confidentially may provide valuable time to process past or present experiences. Time to vent. Time to unwind. Time to reflect. Time to attend to what may be affecting and impacting life.
Counselling can be the beginning of a worthwhile journey to improved wellbeing, more satisfying relationships and greater self-esteem. The process usually begins with an initial consultation, during which we can have a dialogue together to identify the most appropriate starting point. For example, we might agree to have a few sessions of open exploration to give you some time to get a feel for the process and to get more comfortable opening up—something that can seem extremely daunting at the outset. Or we might begin with some cognitive behavioural therapy exercises to help you identify automatic thinking that could be having a detrimental effect on your wellbeing.
You might be wondering how many counselling sessions you need. Client circumstances vary, so therapy may be short-term (perhaps 2-8 sessions), mid-term (up to 20 sessions) or open-ended (several months). As the process unfolds, you will be given frequent opportunities to review how it is going and either choose to continue or decide our work is at an end.
Talking therapy aims to help feelings become more manageable and foster improvements in self-confidence. During the experience, you may develop a stronger sense of self awareness, perhaps evoking feelings of validation, empowerment and liberation. Some clients find it leads to improved choice-making, particularly in relationships with others. Others find they can better navigate transitions in life.
Whether you are experiencing confusion, unhappiness, anxiety or frustration, might you consider counselling as a way forward rather than continuing to face your challenges alone?
I have reopened my therapy room for face-to-face sessions following the Covid-19 outbreak. Following guidance from my accrediting body (the National Counselling Society) and adhering to government measures, I am taking all appropriate precautions to keep the room safe for practice. This includes having chairs spaced 2 metres apart. Being a detached and self-contained facility, the doorway is direct to outside and beside private parking. If you have any questions or concerns about the room setup, please do ask. Telephone or video sessions are available if preferred.