Working with me
If you have questions about counselling, see below.
Why do I say “Working with me”?
It is important that we get to know each other because we need to know that we can work together. In the first session you will tell me more about the problem(s) concerning you and we will discuss this. In doing so, we will create an understanding of what we can achieve together and whether we feel comfortable. To help you through your problems I will expect you to think about your problems each week.
Sessions & Prices
Our sessions are one-to-one. They are confidential, held in private secure accommodation consequently you should be able to talk freely. A session is 50 minutes.
My pricing from March 2020 is £40 per session. I accept cash, cheque, bank transfer or credit card (through Paypal).
Frequently Asked Questions
Counselling therapy allows you to talk about our life, your feelings and your problems in a confidential and safe environment. It offers you the opportunity to talk to a trained specialist who has an empathetic approach and who of course will be non-judgemental in their dealings with you so that you will be confident in talking about yourself.
Counsellors train in different therapies. Some may focus on your childhood, others on the here and now. I trained in person-centred and psycho-dynamic counselling as my main subjects. I have also studied others. When deciding on an appropriate counsellor, it can be useful to understand the different therapies they may use. Do not be afraid to ask.
Are you finding it difficult to lead a normal day-to-day life? Do you feel limited by thoughts and emotions? Sometimes we become stuck and consequently can’t see a way forward.
We may not sleep well, we may resort to junk food, drink more than normal, smoke too much, have problems concentrating on a task, get tense quickly, loose our cool more frequently. These are all signs that something is not right. If you recognise any of these symptoms, then maybe you need to talk about them and therefore counselling could be the answer.
In most cases we (ourselves) will feel something is not right with our lives. Sometimes it is our partners, family, friends and work colleagues who notice the changes in us.
I usually find we can address your problems in six sessions although that is not a time limit. Sometimes it takes less, sometime more. My commitment to you is that I am not here just to pad out the time or to take your hard-earned money when your don’t need to be here therefore I commit to telling you.
It is usually a gradual process. For the first couple of weeks you wont see much change in yourself. Gradually you will realise that you see your life in a different way. There is no hard or fast way to know you have reached the turning point. You will feel it.
None! I prefer if you commit to six sessions, but it is not essential. Sometimes I will give you work to do at home – to think about certain things that come up in our sessions, as a result I do need you to commit to helping change your own life.
Yes. My premises have disabled access.
I work with women and men. I do not work with young people under the age of sixteen. My premises have disabled access, consequently I can work with disabled people.
You do not need a referral from your doctor to have counselling. If you see your GP it is advisable to let him/her know you are having counselling since I may suggest you have medication to go alongside the counselling. I do not offer prescriptions or recommend any particular medication.