What to expectI would describe myself as an integrative counsellor with a person centred heart. This means that as my client you would be at the heart of our work together. If appropriate I will use different techniques from different modes of counselling those being psychodynamic, gestalt, existential, solution focused, person centred, mindfulness and therapeutic writing. The most important part of the process will be the type of counselling relationship we have together. In our work I will always be mindful of what is important to you and will respect any decisions you decide to make.
Why do people come for counselling? Sometimes it can be because they have a crisis in their lives, sometimes it can be because life is a struggle or something just doesn't feel right. When in a crisis we can not always see the opportunity in a situation and this is why it helps to speak and be listened to by someone outside of your normal family and friends.
If you choose to contact me, the first session would last 30 minutes for individuals, 50 minutes for a couple. It would give us a chance to see whether we can work together and if you find that I am not the counsellor for you then you are free to leave without any further obligation.
Following sessions last for 50 minutes and normally take place weekly. I offer both short and long term face to face counselling. Short term counselling can last from one to twelve sessions and is normally appropriate for a crisis or for focusing on one area in life that may be causing problems or difficulties. Longer term work of twelve sessions or more, are useful for exploring deeper issues that have been with you for a longer time and have shaped the person you are. These issues maybe stopping you from living the life you want to have. By being aware of what has shaped us to become the person we are, we can then begin to make changes to become how we want to be.
Our work would take place in the quiet room at the local family centre attached to St Nicolas Church. That being said I am a multi faith / non faith liberal viewed counsellor. The quiet room would be a safe place for you to talk.