WHAT TO EXPECT
"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination." - Carl Rogers
After you make initial contact, we'll have a chat and if you want to go ahead with your first session we'll find a time convenient to us both. You can choose from face to face counselling (if it's safe because of COVID-19 restrictions), online counselling, telephone counselling or walk and talk counselling. Click on 'Counselling Options' to find out more.
Our first session - As part of out first session we'll talk through our working agreement which will cover things like confidentiality, payment, cancellation and rescheduling. More importantly you'll have an opportunity to share any concerns and ask questions if you want to. Maybe I have mentioned some things here that you'd like to understnad more fully. If you've had counselling before we can talk to understand what may or may not have been helpful. It's a chance for me to clarify what you may come to expect and discuss your hopes, fears and expectations.
I support with care and empathy, empowering you and nurturing your autonomy on the path to change and healing. I am beside you as we create the sessions together. I provide a safe space, one which gives a feeling of being held, where you can share your experiences in confidence.
How many sessions do I need? - For some clients just 3 sessions can be enough, for some, work can go on over months and for others, long term therapy over a year or more is right for them. Alternatively we can schedule 12 sessions where we agree that in that time, we are going to focus on one specific issue. I have worked extensively in this way and found it can be really powerful. If you're not sure, you can just decide as you go along. Therapy isn't dictated, you have the autonomy to decide what is best for you.
What type of counsellor are you? - I am an Integrative Counsellor meaning I integrate different theories that I have trained in to provide each client with a personalised service to meet their individual needs. I also continue to develop my skills and attend ongoing training which is a requirement of a registered practitioner. The core of my work is Person Centered (see below for to find out more) and from there I may integrate other ways of working that will support you in your journey. I find that integrating other techniques as required can really help clients to identify issues and feelings that may have lay hidden in the unconscious. I have outlined these approaches below if you are curious about them but it isn't necessary for you to know what they are.