Starting counselling or psychotherapy can be seen as a very big step to take and it is important to find someone that you feel comfortable to talk to. It can feel strange at the beginning of counselling to sit and tell a stranger about yourself, your life and your problems, feelings or things concerning you. Having counselling sessions provides a safe, confidential and non-judgemental place to talk and can help make sense of life and feelings.
Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually on a weekly basis. I am also qualified to work with clients more frequently if it may be helpful to do so. The therapist doesn't set any agenda, the time in a therapy session is used to explore whatever the client or patient brings. This could include the things happening in your life now, past experiences, thoughts, feelings, or dreams. Dreams arise from our unconscious and we may sometimes wake up and wonder "what was that all about?" The unconscious has an impact on us, but we may not realise. We can tend to repeat patterns of behaviour, which may be very detrimental for us and it can be very helpful to think about this together.
I work in a psychodynamic and psychoanalytical way, which looks at how past experiences including trauma, childhood and our adult life and our unconscious can affect the present and why we may have certain patterns of behaviour, that we sometimes repeat.
How can therapy help?
Therapy provides a reliable and confidential relationship. Working with a skilled therapist can help you to understand how past experience, concerns about the future or lack of confidence or self esteem may be affecting your life. As your therapist I would not be giving advice but by helping you to explore your thoughts and feelings would help you make your own choices.
How do I start and what can I expect from therapy sessions?
At our initial session I will ask you to talk about yourself and your difficulties and it's an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you may have. I usually allow two sessions for us to explore your needs and expectations and for us to decide whether working with me could be useful to you; so we will then have a follow up session a week later to enable us to reflect on the session and decide whether it could be beneficial to work together. If we decide to work together we would then agree a day and time that’s convenient for you and we would meet at the same time on a weekly basis.
I can be contacted by phone on 07531 082295; if you reach my voicemail please leave your phone number and times when you will be available for me to call you back. You can also make your initial contact by email (see contact page) providing your phone number and convenient times for me to call you. I am the only person who has access to either so your contact will remain confidential.