What do I offer?
I offer a Professional Service with a Holistic approach, free from judgment in a confidential space. This allows you to talk and bring your concerns and worries to counselling. My aim is to listen with empathy to your unique story, to be authentic and honest, trying to understand the problem from your perspective.
I often help clients with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, trauma, abuse (past and current), relational issues, sadness, bereavement and loss, as well as other mental health issues. My approach is client led with an integrative approach, tailored to meet your unique needs. Therefore, I often draw on various models such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Theory, Psychodynamic Theory and Creative work if you are comfortable with this.
I invite play therapy when working with younger clients as this often helps to build trust and connection within the counselling relationship. When working with couples, I use a Relational and Systemic approach and draw on creative work if appropriate. Furthermore, I offer internet-based counselling (Zoom) if you prefer to meet Online, rather than face to face.
Just some of the issues I cover:
- Panic Attacks
- Abuse (Past and Current)
- Coping Skills
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Suicidal Ideation
- Women’s Issues
- Person/Client Centred
- Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)
- Transactional Analysis
- Creative Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
- Play Therapy
- Christian Counselling
- Sand Tray
- Trauma Focused
These answers may be of help to you, based on questions previously asked, but don’t hesitate to email or call if you have other questions.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
For some clients, talking with a trusted counsellor and getting things ‘out in the open’ can help, and a few sessions may be enough. For others, complex or deeper issues may require longer sessions. I usually offer weekly sessions, reviewing our work together regularly. It is important for the client to have full autonomy and feel in control at all times. The pace of the therapy is completely up to the client and what they feel comfortable to share.
IS COUNSELLING COSTLY?
Counselling is an investment of time and money, so it is important to consider this when thinking about starting therapy. It is very important to find the right counsellor. Investing in your mental health and well-being can bring freedom, change, hope and peace.
WHAT WILL THE FIRST SESSION BE LIKE?
The therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and client is very important so that trust can develop. In the initial session, we can discuss your goals for therapy and what has brought you to counselling at this time. I will also ask you to complete a ‘basic’ form requiring information such as your name and contact details, your GP, medications, etc. We can then decide whether working together is the ‘right fit’ and discuss the best way of working therapeutically together.
DO I OFFER INSURANCE COVER?
I am covered by the insurance providers below, so please do ask me about this when you get in touch. You will need to obtain a pre-authorisation code to approve sessions. I will also require your membership number before we meet.
- AXA – Global Healthcare
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ARE THE SESSIONS CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes! Counsellors have an ethical responsibility to keep confidentiality and to offer a safe place for the client to share whatever they want to. However, there are some circumstances whereby the counsellor may need to break confidentiality. For example, if the counsellor believes the client to be at risk to themselves or others if the client is involved in illegal activity such as fraud, money laundering, drug or people trafficking or terrorism. Furthermore, in some jurisdictions, there are legal obligations to report domestic violence abuse and safeguarding issues.
WHAT IF I MISS A SESSION?
If you cannot make an appointment for any reason, I ask that you contact me by telephone or email so that we can reschedule. I do ask for 24 hours’ notice otherwise full payment will be required,
WHAT ARE CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS?
Using creative interventions can be useful when exploring emotions as it often can bypass the rational part of our brain. Creative interventions will not suit every client, but they can be helpful for some. Learn more creative interventions.