Please do not be worried. The counselling room is a safe place where confidentiality and trust are paramount. Over time we will explore your thoughts and feelings together, perhaps working towards understanding a difficult situation or perhaps making a positive change to move forwards. You can lead our time together to get the most out of it for you. Some people like to come to the session with an issue or something that happened that week. Other people prefer to see where the conversation takes them. I will be flexible or directive, as you like.
Initial Assessment Consultation
The first time we meet is an introduction to see how counselling can help you as well as a chance for me to get to know you and your situation. I will go through how counselling works and ask you some questions about your general health, lifestyle, history and the issue that is troubling you. You do not have to say anything that you are not comfortable with. Then we will talk about how we can go forward and what you would like to achieve through therapy.
After the initial assessment consultation we can look at what is troubling you in depth. Sessions are typically one hour each.
Online or Telephone Sessions
If you will find it difficult to come to face to face counselling for any reason, we can do remote sessions. I realize that due to the pressures of work, time restrictions or lack of transportation it may be impractical to travel here. I can offer the convenience of telephone or Skype sessions.
Flexible to suit you
For a longer appointment you can book a double time intensive session and have a full two hours to explore your thoughts and feelings.
You don't have to have a fixed day or time, you can come as and when it fits your timetable so working shift patterns is not a problem.
If once a week is not enough because a lot is going on for you right now; you could come twice in a matter of days.
Prefer to come fortnightly, that's fine too.
Adults Only Please
Please note that I am not a qualified Child Counsellor and although I have some experience working in schools I do not have the equipment for creative therapy. If you are looking for a counsellor for your teenager, I would recommend finding a specialist who will have games, sand, figures etc designed for working with young people who may find it difficult to talk.