Individual Counselling

Everyone has times in their lives when they find themselves feeling hurt, confused, angry, disempowered, alone or isolated. It may be through bereavement, loss of a job, breakdown of a relationship, being bullied or abused, facing a transition or major life change, through stress or overwork. The list is endless.
These can be bewildering and frightening experiences which, when left unattended, can result in depression and anxiety, compulsive or addictive behaviours, eating disorders or low self-esteem.

The decision to access counselling can be a difficult one to make. Talking to someone in a safe and confidential environment is therapeutic in itself. I firmly believe that counselling offers individuals the opportunity to talk openly and examine areas of their life that are problematic and to make the changes they may wish to make. Counselling offers the opportunity to find acceptance and understanding and to experience a place of safety and calm. In this environment individuals may work through the chaos of their feelings and gain insight into their situation, find their paths to follow, regain their sense of self and so experience a greater inner peace, clarity and healing.

My approach to counselling is eclectic; this means that a variety of approaches to the work are used as and when appropriate and in collaboration with you, the client. My practice is underpinned in the Person Centred approach, therefore at the centre of the counselling relationship lays my regard for and acceptance of the individual. 

I have 12 years of training and experience in working with individuals, couples, families and groups. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).and an accredited Relate counsellor. I work within the ethical guidelines of the BACP which includes accessing regular supervision on a four weekly basis for my counselling work.

I treat all information disclosed to me respectfully and as confidential. There are times when I would be ethically bound to break confidentiality; these are when a client disclosed to me an intention to harm themselves or others, knowledge of a young person or vulnerable adult who is in danger of abuse or an intention to commit a crime. When I discuss my work with my supervisor client confidentiality is protected by anonymity. 

Clients usually contract for weekly one hour sessions; however this is flexible depending upon the needs and wishes of the client. People work at their own pace and I will always try to accommodate this through occasional reviews of the process to check that the client is gaining from the experience.

I offer an initial 30 minute consultation free of charge to enable you to find out whether I am the right counsellor for you.