Our Work Together
In therapy, you are always in control. I will always respect your autonomy. You choose what you 'bring' to the session each week and you choose to end our work together whenever you want to. At no time will I make you do anything that you don't want to do.
I will provide you with a safe and dependable relationship, during which time I will offer you my full and uninterrupted attention, listening to your concerns, thoughts and feelings. I will offer you a genuine, empathic and non-judgemental space.
As an Integratively trained therapist, practising in a person-centred approach, I am able to tailor how I work drawing on a range of skills to provide the most effective therapy for you as the individual person you are.
Therapy, whilst offering the opportunity for change, can be an emotionally challenging experience. In our work together you may face versions of yourself or others that you may not like, including me as your therapist. This is not uncommon and often allows us to explore those parts of ourselves and others that we may struggle to understand and accept within the safe space of our counselling relationship. As therapist and client, we can explore these thoughts and feelings together, understanding their origins and where they belong and above all, freeing you from the constraints they may represent.
It is important in the counselling room that you feel able to talk about and explore whatever is on your mind: whatever is troubling you. Therefore, I offer a confidential service.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if you are the right counsellor for me?
After an initial informal discussion on the phone, if you feel you would like to come along and meet me we will book an appointment.
It gives us both the opportunity to experience what it feels like to be in each other's company and for you to ask any questions. In brief, you may like to tell me what brings you to counselling at this time in your life.
You may either choose to make a further appointment to start counselling or go away and think about it.
Committing to counselling is a big decision so it is important to feel comfortable with the therapist. It is important to find someone you feel you can trust: trust your instincts! Sometimes you may need to see several therapists before you find the one that suits you.
It is also very important to choose a counsellor who works to a professional code of practice and receives clinical supervision.
What happens if I decide I would like to start counselling with you?
We will agree a mutually agreeable day and time on which to meet, usually on a weekly basis. Each session lasts 50 minutes.
What is a clinical supervisor?
Any ethically practising counsellor is obliged to meet regularly with their counselling supervisor. This is set down in the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as a code of good practice. It ensures each counsellor is practising ethically and beneficently.
How do I know you will keep what I say confidential?
I am bound by the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) to uphold the practice of client confidentiality.