| HOW MAY I HELP YOU? |
I am a BACP registered psychodynamic trained counsellor, working in Cheltenham and Chipping Campden offering short and long term counselling. I believe that we are all unique, therefore ‘one size does not fill all’ and will tune my approach accordingly, drawing from the most effective tools and techniques from different modalities and have helped clients overcome depression, anxiety, life stage, low self-esteem, abuse, end of a significant relationship, loneliness...
| INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE BY GETTING THE SUPPORT YOU DESERVE |
We will all experience difficulties, challenges and losses during our lifetime, and these can disrupt our emotional equilibrium and contribute to stress in our relationships – with partners, ourselves, family members, with others generally and can impact negatively on our working environment too. Therefore seeking support is NOT a sign of weakness, quite the contrary, it is a sign of strength and determination to make positive changes to areas of your life that are not currently working for you.
| WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT |
During our initial consultation we can discuss the issues that you want to look at … perhaps an unexpected change in your life has overwhelmed you? Or are you just feeling stuck and need some help to move forward? I can answer any questions you may have, also it is important to see if you will feel comfortable working with me, likewise, to see if I can offer the expertise you need. The length of therapy will be dependent on your individual needs and is usually for a mutually agreed period, I will be available to offer help and support for as long as you require.
The BACP recently produced a survey showing the British public’s opinion to therapy. The results track the UKs changing attitudes to counselling and psychotherapy providing the most comprehensive data of its kind. This year’s figures show a significant increase in people accessing therapy since 2010 when only one in five people accessed therapy. To view a snapshot click here infograph courtesy of BACP.
| WAYS IN WHICH COUNSELLING CAN HELP |
Do any of the issues or problems listed below resonate with you?
- Couple relationship difficulties?
- Relationship difficulties with family members or friends?
- Low mood/depression?
- Low self-esteem/lack of confidence?
- Loss of a beloved pet?
- Effects of addictions on relationships?
- Feeling of betrayal and loss of trust?
- Sexual issues?
- Relationship breakup/separation/divorce?
- Work issues including redundancy or sudden unemployment?
- Sexual, physical and emotional abuse?
- Dealing with and understanding strong emotions (including anger)?
- Life changes?
- Loneliness / Isolation?
This is not an exhaustive list but may include some of the issues that you are experiencing right now.
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| FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS |
What is counselling?
Counselling is a term that covers a range of talking therapies delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long period of time - to help them bring about effective change or enhance their well-being.
What does counselling involve?
Counselling involves the exploration of challenging life issues, and at times can be a difficult process as it can entail delving below the surface, and to talk about things we ordinarily push aside in everyday life. A counsellor will support you during this time and also point out other possible sources of help if necessary. So whoever you are; whatever you age; whatever the situation or problem you are facing; whether you are worried, depressed, confused, feeling bad about yourself, coping with unexpected change or crisis or just wanting to make some changes in your life, it can be helpful to talk things over, in confidence, with a trained counsellor.
What will happen at the first meeting?
During the consultation we will explore your issues in detail, you can ask me any questions also it is essential to see if you feel comfortable working with me, likewise, to see if I can offer the expertise you need.
How long does the process take?
It all depends on the issues that are brought by the client(s) to the session, normally a verbal contract is made at the initial consultation to meet weekly - it can be impossible to predict. Some people find that after only a very few sessions they have some clarity and focus and are ready to end the therapy, others value on-going support through their journey. There is no 'one-size-fits-all' when it comes to therapy.
How much does counselling cost?
For couples the initial consultation and for all ongoing sessions it will at £60.00. For individuals the initial consultation will be £50, ongoing sessions are for 50 minutes at £45. Concessions are available for those unable to pay the full amount. For Skype or Vsee counselling it is £40 per session by prior arrangement. I ask for payment in advance of all sessions. I will hold your assessment session appointment for 3 days following our initial contact to allow time for your payment to reach me. For all chronic pain therapy the prices and process will be discussed prior to any treatment being carried out.
If you are unable to attend a pre-booked session for any reason please give as much notice as possible. Sessions that are cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice will be charged for.
Online Video Counselling using Skype or Vsee
At first glance using the Internet as a type of communication for therapy may seem somewhat unconventional. However, online video counselling is an effective, confidential and convenient alternative way of working face2face.
Why not take the first step to recovery by either emailing or calling, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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