What is counselling and therapy?
Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable (BACP).
As a person-centred therapist I believe each and every one of us is a unique individual with the ability to grow and develop and to become who they truly are. However, in our lives we may experience many kinds of events, stress and trauma that can affect our self-esteem, our self-worth and we can lose trust in who we are as an individual. It is through the process of counselling, where you can experience feeling heard, understood, valued and not judged, that can enable you to get back in touch with your true self. Increasing your self-esteem and your self-worth can enable you to start taking control of your life and to be able to make decisions that feel right for you.
What type of therapy may work for me?
I provide face to face and online therapy and both offer different experiences. If you prefer to see and hear your therapist then face to face therapy may work for you. If you prefer to write things down or if you have difficulty getting to sessions you may prefer online therapy, such as instant messaging sessions. Each type of therapy offers a unique experience and you are welcome to try different types to find the one that works best for you.
What is a first session like?
I usually suggest that we arrange an initial session so we can meet each other and see if it feels right for us to work together. In this first session I will mention a little about how I work and confidentiality and then you will have time to share what has brought you to counselling and what you would like to get from the process. During this session you will get an idea of how I work so that at the end of the session you can decide what you would like to do going forwards. It is important that you feel comfortable with me as your therapist so that together we can build our therapeutic relationship based on trust, enabling you to feel safe and able to open up about your issues.
How much therapy will I need?
That depends on you and your issues so a difficult one to answer. Everyone is unique and some people may need just a few sessions whilst other people may prefer to work over months or longer. Some people may come and work on a particular issue, take a break, and then come back in the future when they feel ready to work on something else.
It is important to remember, that this is your therapy, at your pace and you are free to end your therapy at any time.
Face to face, telephone or online…your choice
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