Why should you consider counselling?
At times life can feel challenging and talking to someone who will listen to you without judging can help you manage your situation.
This is where counselling comes in. I am an experienced and qualified Person-centred counsellor and hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Keele University. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work according to their Ethical Framework.
What should you expect in the session?
Counselling is a very personal experience and so it is important that you should feel comfortable with your counsellor. Our first session will be a chance for you to consider what you would like to address in therapy and what you wish to achieve during your sessions. Everything that is said in the counselling room is confidential and you can feel confident that whatever you tell me will be kept between us, except in some very exceptional circumstances which I will explain to you. Just send a text 07804 944 206, or email here to arrange an appointment. If you prefer to phone then please be aware that I will not always be able to answer your call so please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible or according to your instructions.
Where will you be coming to?
I offer a safe and confidential environment where you can begin to feel relaxed and nurtured in a dedicated private room in central Knowle. On-site parking is available and I am able to make home visits if necessary.
There is a recognised counselling provision named Walking Therapy where the whole session is planned to be outside, gently walking, relaxing the body and the mind at the same time.
At The Summer House there is an outdoor area in which we can sit in privacy or you can choose to receive your therapy whilst walking around the garden, down a country lane, through a park, alongside a canal or sitting by the locks. Just let me know in advance and I will arrange an outdoor session for you.
When can you have an appointment?
Working flexible hours, I can offer consultations in the day or evening, and some weekends, if required. The sessions last for 50 minutes, face-to-face, usually at the same time each week. This can be a short or long-term arrangement according to your preference. We can discuss telephone counselling if this is what you need.
What can you talk about in therapy?
There are no topics that are out of bounds. I will listen empathically and attentively to you in a non-judgemental way. I am a Person-centred counsellor and together we can explore the issues that are causing your distress. I will help and support you to identify solutions and to gain control of your situation.
Who is welcome?
I work with individuals of all ages and have helped adults in NHS clinics and young people in schools, and I have experience of helping people who have a variety of special needs. I treat all people with respect and do not discriminate with regard to any differences. I have helped people from many different cultures and communities.
Young people are welcome
I am aware of the pressures on young people and the stresses that this can cause to both them and their families. There are activities available in the counselling room to assist talking and conversations, and a soft rug, cushions, bean bags and cosy blankets all of which help them to feel secure in the sessions and help put them at ease.
I have worked in schools and I have undertaken additional training with Place2Be, the school based counselling service. With them I developed knowledge of working with children and young people through a selection of media. I have enhanced DBS status and I have completed regular Safeguarding Training.
What are the charges
My charges are kept low to allow counselling to be accessible to as many people as possible. They are £35 for each session, and home visits cost £45 within 5 miles, other distances by arrangement.
Issues that previous clients have brought to therapy include
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- sexual abuse
- eating disorders
- panic attacks
- relationship difficulties with partners
- sexual dysfunction
- sexual identity
- fertility including IVF
- donor conception
- health including cancer and HIV
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- sex working
- financial difficulties
- domestic abuse
- problems with intimacy
- money worries
- suicidal thoughts
- gender dysphoria
In addition to many of the issues above young people and children have wanted to talk about:
- being fostered
- exam stress
- death of a family member
- school phobia
- destructive behaviour
- the future
- friendship groups
- holiday worries
- transition stages in education