What can I expect in a counselling session?
A session usually lasts 50 minutes, although longer sessions might occasionally be considered useful. I work with weekly sessions. Between sessions, you are encouraged to think about and process what was discussed. At times, you may be asked to do something specific outside of the counselling sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records. For the counselling to “work,” you must be an active participant, engaging in the process both during and between the counselling sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a counsellor?
A number of benefits are available from participating. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Counselling can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or enable you to find the most suitable direction for a solution. The benefits you obtain from counselling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
How will I know if I want you to be my counsellor?
The first session is a type of assessment where we can explore if we feel happy to work with each other and is up to 90 minutes long but it the same price as the 50 minute sessions. If I believed that I would be working outside of my limitations I would refer you to another counsellor as to carry on would be a breach my ethics. The safety of the client would come before my ego.
What theories do you use?
Psychological therapies generally fall into three theoretical categories. There are behavioural theories which focus on the thinking and behaviour, (CBT and REBT) psychodynamic and psychoanalytical therapies which focus on the unconscious relationship patterns that evolved from childhood, and Humanistic therapies which focus on looking at the ‘here and now’. These theories are Person Centred counselling, Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt and Psychosynthesis. I offer a bespoke service which is tailored to meet the needs of the individual clients.