About Counselling and Psychotherapy
How Can Counselling Help?
We all have times in our lives when we need that extra bit of support. Counselling is a way of finding someone trained and neutral to talk things over with, and this can help us to find solutions or different, more useful ways of coping. Often, even if there is the support of friends or family, those close to us can takes sides, or have an agenda, even if they don’t mean to. As your counsellor, I offer a safe, neutral and confidential way for you to look at those issues that are troubling you with fresh eyes, without judgement or blame. Please feel free to ask more about how I work before making an appointment, either by phone or email. There is more information about my approach below, too.
Should I Choose Counselling or Psychotherapy?
We often hear both terms bandied about in our lives, maybe through friends, TV and media. However, many of us are unclear about what they mean, and what the difference is. As a rule of thumb, counselling tends to be shorter term and less concerned with longer term, deep exploration of our psyche. Counselling provides support and facilitation to find our own answers and make our own choices with more information about how we are motivated and/or feeling. Psychotherapy also provides this safe, non-judgmental neutral space, but those qualified as psychotherapists will have had longer training and are qualified to work at more "depth" with more severe presentations and mental health issues. Neither is "better" than the other, they both aim to help people to be happier and feel more aware.
I am both a trained and experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist - (see my page "Qualifications") as well as a clinical supervisor for other counsellors and psychotherapists who work in a variety of settings.
What to Expect
I offer the first meeting at no charge. This is to enable us to meet and discuss what your wants and needs are from counselling, and the establish whether I am the right person for you. It gives you a chance to see if you can envisage us working together, as the relationship between us is vital to the work. I will then offer an initial 6 weekly sessions of 50 minutes each, with a review at the end of these. You will probably have a good idea by then of how the counselling/psychotherapy has been useful and whether you wish to continue. Many people do, and the sessions go on for as long as you and I see it as beneficial. You are not tied in to any long term commitments, the duration of our sessions will be discussed at regular intervals. Ending the sessions is by mutual consent.
You are welcome to contact me using the email form on this website or on the number shown under contacts. I am happy to provide no-obligation information to help you come to your own decision about starting counselling.