What is counselling?
Counselling is a "talking therapy". It is a time and space for you to discuss whatever problems you may be having in a private, safe setting. It is a place where you can explore your thoughts and feelings in more depth, which will help you understand yourself better. This will then help you understand what you can do to solve your problems.
Who needs counselling?
Counselling can be for anyone who is finding it difficult to cope with what is happening in their life. Or, it could be for people who want to understand themselves better. It can be helpful to speak to a professional counsellor instead of a friend or family member because they can provide an objective point of view.
What can counselling help with?
Counselling can help with a number of different problems. I have helped people:
Reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and stress
Manage and resolve relationship problems
Achieve recovery from addictions
Counselling takes time and it may not be an easy process. In order to overcome the problems you are facing, I aim to develop a working relationship based on trust. You will never be asked to share something you don't want to share or to do something you don't want to do. I start where you are in your life and work with you so you make your own life better for you.
How long will it take?
The total amount of time you spend in counselling will depend on how much work you feel you need to do. This varies from individual to individual. While there is no minimum of maximum time frame for counselling, it is unusual (but not impossible!) for one session to be enough. I will work with you on a regular basis - weekly, fortnightly, or monthly - you decide how often. We can work together until you feel the issue you came to me with is fully resolved and you feel more able to manage your life more effectively. If you decide to come in to talk to me, we will discuss this at our first meeting.
As a Counsellor, I Do Not:
Tell you what to do
Make decisions for you
Force you to do or say something you do not want to
Tell you what your problems are
How much does it cost?
Individual, face-to-face counselling sessions cost £50 per session.
Want to find out if counselling is for you?
Sometimes, taking the first step is the hardest part. If you think I may be able to help, contact me. I may be able to help you decide if counselling is for you.