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About counselling

My approach

My training and approach is integrative, meaning that I draw upon several core therapeutic modalities. In particular, I am influenced by psychodynamic, person-centred and phenomenological approaches to therapy. These are briefly explained here.

 

People come to counselling for a variety of reasons, so I will be guided by your individual circumstances and needs. I aim to create a calm, reliable and non-judgemental environment where we can talk in depth about the difficulties that brought you to counselling. I use a non-directive style to facilitate your self-exploration, with the aim of helping you get in touch with thoughts and feelings that might ordinarily be outside of your conscious awareness. I might offer an insight, an interpretation or an alternative point of view, to help you make links or see things from a different perspective.

Practicalities

I offer counselling on an open-ended basis or on a time-limited basis, depending on your therapeutic goals and preferred structure. Open-ended counselling continues for as long as you need it whereas time-limited counselling continues for an agreed number of sessions (usually between six and 20 sessions).

A counselling session is 50 minutes long and takes place on a set day and time every week, apart from agreed holiday breaks. I offer once-weekly or twice-weekly counselling.

I offer counselling either in person or online, depending on your preference.

Initial consultation

The best way to see whether we will work well together is to arrange a free initial consultation session. The initial consultation session is 50 minutes long and takes place online via Zoom. It is an opportunity for you to get a sense of what counselling with me might feel like and you are welcome to bring any questions or concerns. It is also an opportunity for me to find out more about you and whether I can be of help to you.

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