What To Expect From A Session
I work as an individual one to one counsellor, not usually with couples or group work.
My preferred method of working is integrative counselling, which means I use a range of approaches depending on the requirements. However, I have a strong grounding in attachment theories which involve exploring experiences in childhood to see how they determine behaviour in later life. I am also practised in short term focused therapy and tackling self-criticism with self compassion.
A key part of being able to facilitate this is being able to develop a good working relationship, which is open and honest and at times challenging. Sometimes I use diaries, writing and drawing to aid this process.
“It’s key we have an open, honest and, at times, challenging relationship.”
Some weeks will be better than others and if you have a good week it is important not to end the counselling immediately, but consider how robust that recovery is. Likewise some weeks can feel less productive than others and it can feel that the counselling “is not working.” Again it is important not to react too quickly as counselling is not an instant, or even quick, process.
I have experience of working in the following areas: relationships, addiction, anxiety, bereavement and loss, health issues, eating disorders, depression, low self esteem, anger management, borderline personality disorders, self harm and work related stress.
Fees And Timescale
We can arrange an initial session to assess the issues you want to focus on, if you want to proceed.
Then we would normally book five further sessions and agree on the approach of the work. At the sixth session we review the work and decide whether to end or continue.
All sessions cost £60 payable at the end of the session.
There is a strict cancellation policy where 50% of the fee is payable, and 100% if there is less than 24 hours notice.
Not surprisingly clients often feel very tired or upset after sessions, so it is important to give some thought to what you are doing after the session before you book.