I know how hard it can be to take the first step in looking for help, so it is important you have as much information about what I can offer in means of support and how I work, to help you decide if I might be the right person for you.
I will make you welcome and offer a friendly and safe space to help you feel back on track. I am an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor, but what does that mean? . . .
As an integrated counsellor I can work responsively with you and use the best approach to meet your needs. My default position is to offer kindness and acceptance with meaning, to truly hear what you want to use your time with me to work through.
This will not be one sided, we'll work together to discuss and agree the right intervention for you. It will be a joint effort.
In listening to you I will adapt and personalise my therapy to best meet your needs. My approach is to provide you with a safe and non-judgmental space where you can feel heard, and supported to deal with the challenges that have brought you to seek help.
A therapeutic environment (currently over the phone or by video call due to current restrictions) where you will receive respect and no judgement. I can support you to restore your well-being.
In particular I have a extensive knowledge and experience of working with those affected by Dementia, personally and professionally, and can offer a discount of 20% if referred by a support practitioner.
WHAT I CAN HELP WITH
Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
Addiction (eg. alcohol, computer games,
drugs, food, gambling, sex, smoking)
Ageing and related issues
AIDS / HIV
Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
Bereavement / Loss
Divorce and separation
Generally unhappy with your life
Illness and dying
Shyness / Social Phobia
Violence / Victim support
Chronic fatigue syndrome / m.e.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Professional Development Award in Practice Learning
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Seasons For Growth Facilitator
Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory
Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills Level 3
Certificate in Couples Counselling
I am a Companion with Seasons for Growth - an educational support for grief and loss.
I have experience in supporting people living with dementia and their carers as well as patient and family support in hospice settings.
HOW WILL YOU DECIDE WHAT SUPPORT I NEED?
Remember this is not something that is done to you, I will work with you. At the first session we will have an opportunity to get to know one another. You will have the time to discuss your concerns and we will explore your goals and the aims you want to achieve from therapy. You will get an understanding of how I intend to work with you to help you progress. You will get an insight into my working style and can ask any questions. Should I believe my service is not appropriate for your needs, I will be pleased to recommend alternative sources of support and specialism.
HOW MANY COUNSELLING SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Every individual’s circumstances and experiences are unique to them, and because of that there is no guide that says certain issues require a certain number of sessions.
I can give an indication of what might be achieved and how many sessions that might be, but we will review this together regularly. You will always be consulted and included in the process.
HOW LONG DOES A SESSION LAST?
A standard therapy session lasts 50 minutes – The frequency of sessions can be decided together after the initial consultation.
Cash, online bank transfer and or by debit card are all suitable forms of payment. Full payment is due at the time of the appointment or beforehand if paying by bank transfer.
Please give as much notice as you possibly can, if you must cancel or reschedule an appointment, where possible, please give a minimum of 24 hours. We all have unexpected circumstances and unforeseen circumstances, but not cancelling could prevent someone else in need of support being seen. Should last minute cancellation occur regularly then a deposit will be required to make future appointments.