There are many reasons why we look for a counsellor. We may feel anxious, angry, hurt, ashamed, depressed and alone. Above all, we want to feel better than we do now.
How I Can Help
There are many reasons why a person may want to see a counsellor including relationship difficulties, stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, life events and those times where life may seem overwhelming. Counselling can be helpful as you can talk about yourself in a way that you often cannot do with family and friends. My job is to step alongside you and understand what it is like to face the challenges you are going through. Working together we can look at the blocks that are getting in the way of you living the life you want to lead. Alongside my general practice I have a special interest in both grief and anxiety counselling.
Experiencing a loss can mean many things including a bereavement, illness, breakdown of a relationship, trauma, job loss, fertility issues, loss of identity. We all deal with grief in our own way and often one loss may feel very different to another. We may become stuck on one of the stages of grief and it can be too painful to process. Counselling can help by working at your own pace, in a safe way so not to be overwhelming. By taking one step at a time it can help to work through the pain of experiencing a loss.
Counselling for anxiety
We all experience a certain amount of anxiety. However, when your anxiety becomes long term and so intense it becomes overwhelming it can be incredibly difficult and at times debilitating. Anxiety can take on many forms such as panic attacks, nervousness, compulsive disorders, stress and phobias. You may find it hard to ‘switch off’ or have feelings of dread and rationalising your inner voice that’s telling you things are not ok. Counselling can help you look at what is causing these anxious feelings and provide you with tools to help you conquer your anxiety.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are your fees?
My fee is £45 per 50 minutes, counselling sessions can be face to face, online or telephone. I work daytime, evenings and Saturday morning.
Do you offer low cost counselling?
I offer a certain amount of low cost appointments. Please feel free to enquire about these.
Do you only work with loss and anxiety?
Not at all, my training means that I can work with a variety of issues and I have experience working with a wide range of people. If there is another area where you feel I can help you please do not hesitate to contact me.
How many sessions will I need?
That depends on you, we can work to a fixed amount of sessions or be more open ended as with many aspects of counselling we can review and change this if you wish.
What happens in the first session?
Our first session is an opportunity for us to meet and for you to decide whether you feel we can work together. We can discuss your goals and what you would like to achieve through counselling. In accordance with good practice guidelines I have a contract which provides more details about me and how I work.
Is everything I say confidential?
Yes, I am bound by a strict code of ethics which means I take confidentiality very seriously. There are certain specific times where confidentiality might have to be broken but this will be discussed with you in the first session.
I first decided I wanted to help people when I worked for the NHS and people would come to us in crisis. In fact, several members of my family also work in mental health and I’ve been told more than once I was born into the helping profession. I am passionate about helping people to resolve painful feelings and challenges.
I understand that the initial step of seeking help can be the hardest. However difficult it may be, it is a sign of strength which will support you through the counselling process.
My training is in psychology and therapeutic counselling. I am a person-centred counsellor which means I try to step alongside you and understand what it is like to face the challenges that you are going through. I can also work in an integrative way using other techniques and theories such as CBT, psychodynamic and mindfulness.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and The British Psychology Society (BPS). I am bound by their code of ethics and good practice.
Qualifications and Training Courses
BSC (Hons) Psychology
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
Understanding the Nature and Dynamics of Domestic Abuse and Sexual violence
Mental Fitness and Dealing with Pressure (wellbeing in the workplace)
CRUSE Awareness in Bereavement care
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Level 2 Introduction to counselling Skills
Domestic Abuse Awareness
ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Mental Health First Aid