There’s quite a lot to read here and I trust that I’ve been as informative as you need. If anything remains unanswered for you please do phone me with your questions – an audible conversation can be so much more explicit than the written word.
What kind of counsellor are you?
In brief, counselling and therapy are about helping you feel more comfortable and better enabled to cope with things – helping you feel integrated, whole.
I qualified with an integrative training and am experienced with using a number of different approaches. Through (informal) assessment of your situation, I will use approaches that feel to be most appropriate for you. I don’t believe there is one ‘right’ way for any of us, with any thing. This applies to one-to-one individual sessions with adults or young people, groups or family work. Sometimes short-term ‘solution focussed’ therapy achieves positive results, as does longer term work. Also beneficial for clients are elements of meditation and mindfulness, and other experiential, creative or outdoor and approaches, all of which I have personal and professional interests in and experience of.
I will support you whilst you work towards feeling more in control of and empowered with your situation so that, over time, you will begin to feel more able to manage things from a new perspective. Counselling and therapy help you to feel supported and heard, you and your thoughts and experiences validated and accepted, and enable you to feel reminded of and more in touch with your inner strengths and resources.
I am a fully qualified counsellor, registered with the BACP – the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK – and I will be happy to tell you more about my qualification and professional registration if needs be.
For your peace of mind when seeking a counsellor/psychotherapist with whom to work it is always wise to ask about their qualifications and, importantly, ensure that their work is clinically supervised and that they are registered with an appropriate professional organisation. You are entitled to view evidence of their credibility if you wish – after all, you will be placing enormous trust in this person.
What will it be like?
Making the decision to seek confidential support is sometimes difficult and unnerving, yet in itself can be a helpful stage in your process. With an experienced counsellor who offers sensitive and compassionate guidance and support the discomfort of working with difficult feelings can be greatly reduced. A really positive, empathic relationship is something that we will take some time to cultivate at the start of your sessions. It is important that you feel fully able to express yourself openly and honestly in a non-judgemental, safe and confidential environment.
As this will be your process for which you set the pace you also get to choose and decide how much you disclose and share, and when; you are only ever guided by me. I may invite you to engage with something and you are wholly entitled to say ‘no’ or ‘yes’! You are the true expert in your situation, part of my role is to help you recognise and become fully aware of that, as well as helping you to embrace and embody the true you. Above all, I believe that the counselling process and relationship will ultimately be a positive experience for you.
How long might this process take?
This is something that can be decided during your assessment (the initial session) or reviewed as we work together over the forthcoming weeks. You may clearly feel from the outset that you only need a short number of sessions; or you may wish to engage with your process and see where it takes you and what unfolds with no predetermined end in sight. I am experienced in working with people over both long and shorter time frames.
It is important for you to know that if ever I feel that you would benefit from an onward referral to an alternative practitioner or organisation I will always discuss this with you – your well-being is paramount and I will not, of course, be the best person for everyone every time.
Session length and fees
Sessions will last for 50 minutes (this is generally considered to be the ‘therapeutic hour’) and we will meet each week at the same time.
Individual session - £45
Family session - £60
If it is not possible to attend a session, or reschedule, the session time remains payable in full.
Where do you work?
My practice is located in central Bridport within easy reach of car parks and public transport links.
The rooms I use are quiet and comfortable and there is disabled access.
If you don’t live in this area or live overseas we can work online.