My Approach to Counselling
As a counsellor I would describe myself as integrative, meaning that I draw on various different ideas and therapeutic approaches in my work. Lots of counsellors are integrative, but what that means can vary greatly between individuals.
Important to my personal approach is a philosophical outlook that maintains the view that everybody has their own unique perspective of the world, that life can become limited and stuck in various ways (and due to various factors), and that we each create our own meanings which help us to understand and make sense of the contexts, situations and relationships that we find ourselves in. Sometimes it might be that we get caught up in familiar, comforting behavioural cycles that feel safe but actually stop us from living our lives. Or, it may be that we fall into particular ways of communicating with others that have become unhelpful. There are many more examples that could illustrate what people may bring to counselling but what is important to me is that I am able to be alongside you in discovering what has become problematic in your life and uncovering what it is that you want to happen.
I practice counselling in a client-led way meaning that I will tailor the way I work to your individual needs and will have open conversations about what you want from counselling and what is or isn't working for you in our sessions. Central to my way of working is the emphasis placed on the formation of a strong working relationship facilitated by a non-judgmental attitude, empathy, warmth and openness on my part.
My take on counselling sessions is that they are a space to untangle thoughts, feelings, behaviours, past events, future plans, whatever might be troubling us, and are an opportunity to examine these things with the support of another human being. Counselling is a safe space to voice whatever it is we need to voice. If we meet I am happy to further discuss the different ways that I might work and whether or not these could meet your needs.
I work face-to-face, online and over the telephone with adult clients (aged 18+) and charge £45 for a 50 minute session. I am fully insured and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As a member of the BACP I abide by their Ethical Framework (details of which can be found below).
Please contact me for further information or to enquire about availability.
What services do I offer?
Face-to-face meetings are probably the most traditional way that counselling sessions are carried out. Meeting with somebody in a place away from your home or work environment may also be something you find useful - sometimes "getting away from it all" can be a breath of fresh air.
I currently meet people face-to-face at The Old Rectory Clinic in Iron Acton and work from the clinic between 9.30am and 2.30pm on Tuesdays.
The clinic is a beautiful and peaceful setting in which to meet for personal therapy and the rooms are comfortable, airy and bright.
Online counselling can be convenient and useful if you need to fit counselling sessions into a busy life, if you feel anxious about leaving the house, if you are unable to leave the house, or if you have concerns about being seen. For some people meeting from home may simply feel safe and comfortable.
Working online is also an incredibly versatile medium which could involve using video-calling (with or without the camera on), text-based chat, or a mixture of the two depending on what feels right for you. It gives the opportunity to be heard and not seen, seen and not heard, or to discuss whatever you may wish to discuss using only written text.
I currently offer online sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Telephone counselling is a useful option if, perhaps, you don't like sitting directly opposite somebody face-to-face, if you need to attend your counselling sessions in a different location to usual, if you need to fit counselling into a busy schedule or, quite simply, if this is the mode of communication you feel most comfortable with.
Working over the phone is flexible in that it allows you to be wherever you need to be and you are, quite literally, mobile.
I currently offer telephone sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays.
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