what is Counselling?
What to Expect...
People can be apprehensive about seeking counselling, which is understandable if you have never had a therapeutic experience before.
Counselling isn’t advice giving, me finding a magic cure, or us having a cuppa and a chat. Your life is important, and we will give your experiences the respect they deserve. In counselling, you can expect:
A confidential space; a place in which to be listened;
A boundaried and safe environment where your autonomy is respected;
An empathic, non-directive experience, where the pace and focus is set by you;
A warm and inviting environment, where you can feel safe to acknowledge the difficulties or challenges that have brought you to counselling, and to feel supported as we work through them.
How long are sessions?
Sessions last for fifty minutes and are usually weekly. It is important to maintain consistency in our meetings, so we will agree a mutually convenient time during the first session, although we can also be flexible when appropriate, to accommodate busy schedules.
WHERE ARE THE SESSIONS?
I practice in the shepherd's hut in the grounds of The Walled Nursery. The Walled Nursery is a naturally and deeply therapeutic space, benefiting from dedicated free parking, a friendly cafe and waiting area, and quiet grounds.
WHO: Adults and young people
WHEN: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
You can read more about my decision to practice in this space by clicking here.
How long does counselling last?
I offer both shorter term and long term work, and it varies for each person; the ‘right’ amount of counselling is the right amount for you. We will regularly review your counselling as we work together, to ensure your needs are being met.
How will it end?
Counselling can have a significant impact on people, and it is worth acknowledging that impact with a proper planned ending. We will work together in preparing for our ending, and be guided by what feels right for you.
Weekly fifty minute sessions - £55
Payments can be made by cash or card.
Before committing to weekly sessions, I would recommend meeting for a free assessment, to establish what you like to gain from counselling, and how I can best support you.
I believe quality emotional support should be available to everyone. Whilst it isn’t possible to offer concessionary rates on all my sessions, I do have a limited number of appointments available at a reduced rate, for those who are experiencing financial difficulty. Please contact me to discuss this further.
I offer a discounted rate of £45 to students currently enrolled on a counselling course, needing personal counselling as a requirement of their qualification.
Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling (BACP Accredited)
Introductory Certificate in Trauma Therapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills
To discuss seeking counselling, or to book a free initial assessment session, do please contact me. There is no obligation to continue after our initial conversation or assessment but it will give you the information you need to make your decision. We can talk about what you are hoping to gain from counselling, how I can best support you, and whether we would like to agree to work together.