What is counselling?

Counselling provides the opportunity to talk about worries and problems to someone who is not involved in your life. It is a chance to explore what is going on in complete confidence without worrying about hurting anyone’s feelings or being judged in any way.

Counselling is about helping you to feel more comfortable with yourself and your relationships, to feel more in control, to make changes that might be needed and to come to terms with events in your life. 

Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change or of reducing confusion.  It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action.

By listening attentively and patiently a counsellor can begin to perceive the difficulties from the client's point of view and can help them to see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective.

Counsellors do not judge or exploit their clients in any way.

Is counselling for me?

It is difficult to answer this until you have experienced counselling yourself but many people see a counsellor at some point in their lives and most would say that it was a beneficial experience.

People seek counselling for many different reasons including:

  • Stress/anxiety
  • Depression
  • Alcohol problems
  • Abuse/bullying
  • Relationship/family problems
  • Bereavement
  • Health concerns

Your particular concern may not feature on this list yet counselling might be of benefit.

If you are unsure whether counselling is appropriate, we can discuss this by telephone or at our initial consultation.

Sessions

Counselling sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes. Most people feel apprehensive before coming to counselling and as it is important that you should feel comfortable talking to me, our initial consultation will last 90 minutes ; this gives us an opportunity to see how I can best be of help and the chance to see if I am the right counsellor for you.

At our first appointment we talk about what it is you would like to gain from counselling and agree to how many times we are going to meet. I aim to book several appointments ahead so that sessions can be put into busy diaries. I will try to accommodate requests for evening and weekend appointments wherever possible.  

Together with you, I will review our work at every sixth session. This gives us both an opportunity to feed back how we feel the process is going.

My fees are:

Individual counselling

£65/initial 90 minute session

£50/session (50 minutes) thereafter

 

Couples counselling

£75/initial 90 minute session

£60/session (50 minutes) thereafter

 

Supervision

£50/session (90 minutes)

 

Cancellations should be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance in order to avoid fee payment; your cancelled appointment can then be offered to someone else.

Payment is preferred each session by cash or cheque.