Coming to Counselling allows you to experience a safe, comfortable and confidential place to explore and reflect on what is troubling you. By working together with your Counsellor you can open up about your feelings without being judged or criticised. Counselling can give you a clearer frame of mind, a more positive outlook on life and better communication with others, allowing you to cope and feel more in control of your situation.
What is Counselling?
What does a Counsellor do?
I have a down to earth and kind approach with an emphasis on building a non judgemental and trusting relationship with you.
I am not here to tell you what to do, but offer a warm and caring space for you to feel heard and supported.
Only you know how you feel in any given situation, so I put you at the heart of everything we do together.
What is your approach?
I am a qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. This means I draw on a number of theories (see more details below) to help you make sense of what is troubling you.
It is really important to feel comfortable with your therapist and see if their approach works for you.
We are all different and I like to spend time with you to agree the best approach that will suit your individual needs.
How long are the sessions?
Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long. I recommend you have a weekly session which gives you time to reflect in-between.
I can offer long and short term counselling, depending on your needs.
I also work with Single Session Counselling which is very focussed working on a key goal in one session.
Types of Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a great talking therapy designed to support you to think about the connections between how you think, feel and behave. Working together with your Counsellor you can identify how you view situations and begin to make steps to change this for the better.
Research shows that this is a highly successful form of therapy to support anxiety, negative thinking, depression and stress. It is a structured approach with an emphasis on the client and counsellor working together to support change using specific methods.
Humanistic Integrative Approach
Integrative counselling looks at you as a whole person, working with your mental, physical and emotional needs.
I will draw on techniques and tools from different modalities (Person Centered, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis) to tailor an individual approach for you.
As you begin to understand the causes of your concerns you can begin to develop new behaviours and ways of coping to improve your life and feel more in control.
The key element to this approach is the trusting relationship between client and counsellor, allowing you to speak freely without judgement or feeling criticised.
Single Session Therapy
Single Session Therapy is based on working on an immediate problem that needs to be solved. It works best alongside other supported services or as an introduction to further counselling. It is goal focussed and action orientated. It works really well to find a way forward if you feel stuck or to look for a solution.