What is Counselling?

People experiencing times of difficulty or confusion in their lives can find it helpful to share their thoughts and feelings with another person, providing welcome comfort and solace. The therapeutic relationship offered by counselling may also enable greater insight into the issues, increase understanding of self and how we interact within our world.

 

Counselling is an opportunity to talk through and explore your concerns and difficult feelings.  It provides a safe and confidential space to understand where these feelings arise from and enables you to to come to terms with painful experiences and events from the past.  This understanding can help to promote change. 

 

People bring a wide variety of issues and problems to explore through counselling. These can include relationship difficulties, low mood or depression, anxiety, bereavement and unresolved feelings from past events. Sometimes, it is not something that can be easily labelled, but may be something as general as feelings of emptiness, isolation or aimlessness about life - just a feeling that something is not right. A confidential and trusting relationship with a counsellor may help to resolve or ease some of the feelings and emotions connected to these issues.

 

 

Pyschodynamic Counselling

Developed from the psychoanalytic tradition, psychodynamic theory, focuses on a person's 'inner world' including unconscious memories, beliefs and feelings which have a profound effect on the way we experience the world around us and continue to influence how we think, behave and feel.  The relationship developed between the counsellor and client is central to this approach to counselling.  Working together, the therapist seeks to help their client become aware and make conscious  'unconscious' thought processes which may be adversely affecting and influencing a client's daily life thereby contributing to a person's present difficulties or painful situations. 

 

Personal Approach

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People seek counselling for a wide variety of reasons. It may be for feelings of unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life in general, low mood or the experience of repeated relationship problems. Other's seek counselling for painful emotions relating to life events and experiences which may include depression, anxiety, illness or bereavement.

I can offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental and reliable setting in which to explore these difficulties. Together we can look at your life events and you will be encouraged to explore unresolved issues and conflicts, your response to them and to think about the ways in which you relate to yourself and others. This developing of self-awareness may then help to make sense of recurring problems. A clearer understanding of self can allow the possibility of greater freedom of though and action, releasing energy and may lead to meaningful change.

Although my work is underpinned by a psychodynamic approach, I am also experienced in working with other models of counselling. 

 

 

Sessions and Fees

Sessions - How it works

There will be a 90 minute introductory session. This initial consultation is useful to understand the issues that are needing be addressed, and to make an early assessment of how long therapy will be required for.

Following this, ongoing sessions are 50 minutes long and take place on an agreed day, at the same time each week. The duration of therapy will be decided by mutual agreement but may take place under a short term 6-12 week contract or if required may continue for a longer, open ended arrangement.

Please note that should a session be missed, the client may be liable for payment.

I am able to be flexible for people who have shift work or term times they have to adhere to.

 

Fees

Introductory session – £60 (90 minutes)

Counselling Sessions - £50/per session (50 minutes)

I am able to offer a reduced rate for students, those who are unemployed and those on a low income. Please don't hesitate to ask me about this.