What to Expect
If, after a brief telephone conversation, you wish to explore coming for therapy further, we will arrange a meeting. Meeting in person will offer you the chance to talk more fully about your situation and your feelings, what you are looking for from therapy, and for us to assess together whether or not what I can offer seems suitable for you. We may agree to time-limited work of a specific number of sessions, or decide to work together open-endedly, for as long as is useful to you. After the initial meeting, sessions are 50 minutes and take place usually at the same time each week.
What is the fee?
The fee for ongoing 50 minute sessions is £50 per session. The fee for the initial consultation / assessment for counselling is also £50.
What happens during a session?
During a counselling session, you are encouraged to talk freely about whatever problems have prompted you to get in touch or whatever might be on your mind. In time limited-counselling, the sessions may have an agreed focus. It is the counsellor’s role to listen carefully and provide a space and relationship in which you feel safe to connect with, explore and express your thoughts and feelings. You will not be given advice, but invited to find your own answers, tell your own story and find more fulfilling and rewarding ways to live your life.
Do you offer a particular type of counselling?
The psychodynamic approach in which I trained focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering, with the aim of not just alleviating symptoms, but building the resources for a healthier life. It aims to help us gain awareness and understanding of those aspects of ourselves and our ways of relating with ourselves and others, which might have their origins in our earlier experience and relationships, in ways that may not be initially obvious. I draw on skills and thinking from other models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy as well.
All sessions are currently taking place online via video call or by telephone.