HOW I WORK
OPEN AND ENCOURAGING
I work in an open and encouraging way, to create a safe and respectful partnership with you. I don't judge or criticise but use a variety of strategies to help you clarify your situation, focus on your priorities, explore your options and, especially, to find and use your own resources and potential for change.
THE FIRST SESSION
It's very important that you feel comfortable with the counsellor you choose. The first session is an opportunity for us to meet together in person and for you to get a feel for how I work - without any obligation.
At this initial meeting, we will talk about what brings you to counselling and how best we might work together. It's also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you like.
Sometimes, in complex situations, the initial Assessment may require more than one session. If we then start working together, we will review progress every so often, to ensure that the counselling is meeting your needs.
HOW LONG WILL COUNSELLING LAST?
Sometimes it takes only very few sessions to unravel a problem and find a way forward. It takes longer to work through more complicated difficulties, but I am committed to helping you achieve as much as possible in the shortest possible time. I believe that real and lasting changes can often be achieved without the need for very long-term therapy.
Appointments usually last one hour (60 mins). But they can be 1.5 hrs if preferred. Clients coming from a long distance sometimes prefer a longer session, which is fine.
During counselling, we may sometimes discuss relevant 'tasks' which you can choose to try out between sessions, as an aid to counselling progress.
Appointments are usually weekly initially, but may become less frequent as things progress, if desired. I'm happy to work flexibly with timings and frequency of sessions, according to individual need and circumstances.
My charge (per 60 minute hour) is £40. (for individuals). Some reduced cost sessions may be negotiated for those on a low income.
NB: I am sorry that I am no longer offering couples counselling (2015) due to reduced practice working hours. But many couple issues can also often be usefully explored individually, initially - if desired.