About Psychotherapeutic Counselling
How can Counselling help?
Working at your pace, we can explore your past and present experiences so that you may better understand how you relate to yourself, to others and the world around you. With this increased awareness comes the opportunity to accept or to change: to live more fully and authentically.
Short-term or longer-term?
The length of time we might work together will depend on several things and we can discuss this 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 between 6-12 sessions, meeting weekly.
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 you and I will build together.
I take a holistic approach. That means that every part of you and your experience - physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual - is welcomed and valued.
What is Psychotherapeutic Counselling?
I have experience of working with many different issues, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, all aspects of identity and sense of self, self-esteem, relationships, transitions, bereavement, loss, trauma and abuse.
"Feeling real is more than existing; it is finding a way to exist as oneself..."
I work with an intention to understand your unique experience, providing a welcoming, confidential and supportive space in which you can express how you feel and experience being truly heard without judgement.
I often draw on multiple theories, which include person-centred, psychodynamic, phenomenological and existential, to explore 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.
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 you might want to.
The cost of an initial session and all sessions thereafter is £40 for 50 mins.