Do I need to be referred?
No. Private counselling is an arrangement between you and myself alone. With children and family work I will discuss with you whether it would be helpful to have other professional involvement such as a school.
What can I expect in a session?
A session lasts an hour. Longer sessions might be considered useful and discussed on an individual basis. Weekly sessions are recommended. Between sessions clients might process and think about what was discussed, and at times it might be suggested that you do something specific outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping a journal.
The session itself will include talking and sharing your questions, thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it will also include drawing and writing things down if this feels like a method that suits you. I also work creatively with action techniques such as role play. These will only be used if you are comfortable with them.
What benefits can I expect from working with you?
A number of benefits are often experienced.
- To feel like someone understands what you are going through.
- To find fresh ways of thinking about your situation.
- To have a chance to take 'time out' and be with your own thoughts and feelings.
- A chance to better understand what you want and need.
- To develop tools that can help you.
- A space to discuss ideas and advice, particularly in the family work
How often do I need to come?
This varies in the type of work. Couple and Family sessions are generally shorter term whereas individual sessions tend to be medium to longer term. The length of time will also vary on your issue, and will be discussed with you on an individual basis. Family sessions can also be arranged fortnighly or monthly depending on availability and deciding together.
How does therapy work?
We all have times of crisis and difficulty in our lives. Sometimes we are able to consider these times as opportunities for our own growth and development and a chance to move something forward. I will help you untangle emotions and thoughts so you can find clarity with the things that are troubling you.
Developing a trusting relationship is central to the counselling process. This means that we work together to discover how to take the steps towards change at a pace that is both manageable and effective. This will leave you feeling listened to, supported and acknowledged - all of which can be deeply affirming.
How do I find the right person for me?
Finding the right counsellor or psychotherapist is one of the most important aspects of therapy. Each therapist will have their own way of working even if they have completed the same course! It's ok to spend time looking around, and also questioning your prospective therapist in order to find out if they will be the right person for you. Coming for one or two sessions will help you know if you have found the right person. It is important to find someone who is registered, insured and fully qualified.
What do you charge?
Individual Counselling: £45 - £60 per hour.
Couple Counselling: £60 - £75 per hour.
Family Counselling: £60 - £75 per hour.