About Psychotherapeutic Counselling
How can Counselling help?
There are many reasons why we might seek counselling.
It can provide us with a confidential space to share our thoughts, feelings and suffering in a way that might not be possible with friends, family or others around us. Perhaps we just need someone to listen to us or simply be alongside us for a while.
Or perhaps there are deeper issues that are troubling us or holding us back. Counselling can provide an opportunity to explore and make sense of our past and present experiences - to better understand our fears, motivations, patterns of behaviour and how we are in relation to self and others.
As our understanding grows we may be more able to accept who we are, where we are in our lives and what feels right for us going forwards – to identify what works and what doesn’t. Only with awareness can we begin to accept, challenge or change the way we experience ourselves in connection with others and the world in which we live.
Some of the issues that counselling can help with include:
abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, aspects of identity, loss, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, self-esteem, transitions in life, relational difficulties and more.
Short-term or longer-term?
The length of time someone might seek counselling for will depend on several things and these can be considered in the initial session. If there is a specific issue in the present that you would like to address short-term or time-limited work may be ideal. I would suggest a minimum of 8 sessions, meeting weekly to provide a sense of continuity within the work.
Longer term or open-ended work allows for a deeper exploration of the issues and experiences that are significant to you. If this is how you would like us to work regular reviews will ensure our sessions continue to be both meaningful and of benefit to you.
Psychotherapeutic Counselling is a talking therapy intended to provide help and support for anyone experiencing emotional and mental health issues or for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of themselves, how they relate to others and the world around them.
It differs from some other counselling approaches because it emphasises the therapeutic relationship that the therapist and client build together.
In Psychotherapeutic counselling a holistic approach is taken. This means that every part of the client’s experience is welcome and valued. This can include physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of the self – all of which are important.
What is Psychotherapeutic Counselling?
I aim to provide a welcoming, secure and supportive environment in which you can express how you feel, share your suffering, feel respected and valued and experience being truly heard.
I tend to work from a person-centred approach, which means that we will talk about the things that are meaningful to you, in a way that feels right for you. I believe that each of us has an inner knowing of who we really are but that sometimes our experiences impact us in such a way that we lose touch with that sense of self.
My own experience has taught me that through the therapeutic process it is possible to get to know oneself more deeply, to reconnect with that inner knowing, rebuild trust in oneself and others where it has been lost and to live life more fully.
I work with an intention to understand my client’s unique experience and to support them as best I can with the issues that they bring. To do this I often draw on multiple theories (a benefit of my Humanistic and Integrative training) including psychodynamic, phenomenological and existential theories.
Due to the situation with Covid-19, I am currently offering sessions online but hope to be able to offer face-to-face sessions again too, in the near future. .
I recognise that the most important part of any therapy is the relationship that the client and therapist build together. I therefore suggest an initial, no obligation session to see what it might be like for us to work together and whether you feel it may be of benefit to you.
The initial session will be more structured than a usual counselling session. I will ask a few questions to get a sense of what the issues are and how best I can help. You, of course, are also free to ask any questions about counselling that you might want to.
The cost of an initial session and all sessions thereafter is £35 for 50 mins.
"Feeling real is more than existing;
it is finding a way to exist as oneself..."