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What is counselling?

 

You know yourself better than anyone else ever will.

 

So counselling is not about giving advice or telling you what to do; it's about helping you to find your own way forward. 

 

Many people come to counselling feeling 'stuck', as if something is in the way of their happiness or their progress.  This may be circumstantial, it may be part of a relationship dynamic, or perhaps it has its' origins in childhood experiences.  Counselling will help you to explore this, to make sense of it and to consider your options for the future. 

 

 

 

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The first meeting

 

Before sharing your personal thoughts, feelings and issues, you will no doubt want to feel that you are in safe and competent hands.  Our first meeting is an opportunity for you to meet me, for you to visit my practice, and also for you to share any expectations, hopes, fears or  concerns, and of course to ask any questions.  It allows you to make an informed decision about whether or not you wish to return for ongoing counselling.

 

The first meeting also allows me to find out about what you are bringing to counselling, and to make sure that I am well placed to support you.

 

 

 

Ongoing Counselling

 

We would begin ongoing counselling by further establishing your needs and setting objectives for the work.  You may also wish to discuss the number of sessions you feel you can attend, and we can talk about frequency.  This will form the basis of a verbal agreement, which will be reviewed and possibly updated as counselling progresses.

 

I like to work collaboratively, meaning that we both bring our expertise to the process, mine from theory and experience as a therapist, and yours from your knowledge of your self, your experiences, your resources, your thoughts and feelings etc.  Together we can start to explore the issues affecting you, and consider the potential for change.

 

A question I am often asked is 'how many sessions do you think I'll need?'.  This is not an easily answered question, but if you know in advance that you will only be able to attend a fixed number of sessions, please let me know early on and we can consider objectives that are realistic within the time frame.

 

Another question I am often asked is 'how will I know I am ready to end counselling?'  Again there is no standard answer. By regularly reviewing the work, we can consider when it might feel right for you personally to end.

 

 

Fees

 

Individual session: £45 weekdays, or £50 weekends

Couple or family session: £60 weekdays, or £65 weekends