One of the beliefs that underpin the person-centred approach to counselling is that with the right support from your counsellor, you are able to discover new resources and to find your own answers.
I believe that when a counsellor offers you genuine understanding and a professional respectful relationship, positive change can occur within you, allowing growth and a sense of your current issues.
Clients can find that counselling gives them the space and time to explore their thoughts and feelings. Though at times this process might be difficult, this increased self-knowledge can lead to positive changes.
You can expect a safe place where I will listen to your feelings in confidence with a non-judgemental attitude. I will encourage you to explore the issues you wish to in a working relationship that is mutually respectful and which will keep your interests at the centre of your sessions.
Contacting a counsellor for the first time may feel like a huge step. This is understandable and I will do my best to put you at ease and can only reassure you that you are in a confidential and safe space to talk about anything.
How does this work?
The first step is usually a phone conversation. (Some clients prefer to arrange an initial session via email straight away.) In this 15-20 min conversation (which is free) we will talk about what issues you are wanting to discuss and what you would like to achieve by having some counselling. It's a chance for you to ask questions about the process or anything else you might be curious about. It is also an opportunity for you to decide if you think you would feel comfortable working with me.
How often do I need to attend?
Sessions are weekly. If the first sessions are spaced too far apart it can be difficult to build a relationship and to forge a bond. Blocks of weekly sessions can really create positive change and much quicker because of this.
How many sessions might I need? How long will it take?
Some people come for a few sessions only, others for a year or more. I tend to re-assess with clients every 6 session or so.
My aim is not to keep you in therapy for as long as possible, but to enable you to leave feeling stronger and able to cope with life as soon as you feel ready.