Counselling is a form of talking therapy, and I am a trained and experienced counselling psychotherapist. I am a fully qualified and accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I will encourage you to talk about your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and provide you with a therapeutic and safe place to speak in a non-judgemental environment. I will also help you make sense of things and understand yourself better by equipping you to resolve complicated feelings or find ways to live with them. Also, to recognise unhelpful thinking or behaviour patterns and help you find ways to change them.
Counselling helps you manage and cope with stressful life events, such as bereavement, relationship issues or losing your job, as well as difficult emotions, such as guilt, sadness, confusion, anger, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and long-term physical health problems.
Some people think therapy is an extreme option, and that unless things are badly wrong, you should try to manage on your own. But this isn't true. Counselling is appropriate at any point in your life, whatever the situation. Counselling is beneficial when you're not at crisis point, as things are more comfortable to reflect upon at this stage and help prevent things from getting worse.
A good therapeutic relationship is crucial to the success of your therapy, so if you don't like or trust me, you're less likely to feel able to open up and have a positive experience. I will be keen to build a rapport with you, but please let me know if the therapeutic 'fit' isn't right for you.
Counselling isn't a quick fix, so it might take some time to see whether it's helping or not, and I will regularly check-in and review the process with you. I am pleased to partner with 2 other qualified and experienced counsellors, Liz Oliver and Stuart Watkins., who also offer face-to-face or online counselling.
Each session will last around 1 hour.
Cost: £45 per session
The Wellbeing Academy also provides low-cost counselling thanks to or student counsellor partners. These counsellors are in their final year of training offer client-centred counselling, CBT and psychotherapy skills. There is no waiting list to start or time-limit to the therapy. Please complete the attached appointment form and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Cost: £10 per session