I appreciate how difficult it can be to take the first step and make contact with a counsellor, but be assured that first and foremost I am here to offer non-judgemental support and respectful listening.
An initial no-obligation assessment session (at a reduced fee of £30) allows us to explore how counselling may be able to help with your current difficulties. I will answer any questions you may have, and we can then either book another session, or you can take the time to decide whether counselling is going to be right for you, as it is very important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor.
As an accredited member of BACP, I am guided by the principles outlined in their Ethical Framework, and these form the basis of my practice.
My approach is ‘integrative’, which means if appropriate for you, I can draw on a number of theoretical approaches, tailoring them in a way that best supports you. First and foremost I am ‘person-centred’ which means I will be led by what you are looking achieve from the counselling. Other theoretical approaches that I may then draw on are ‘Cognitive-behavioural Therapy', which is more solution-focussed/goal oriented, ‘Psychodynamic' which explores formative life experiences which may be still having an impact and ‘Transactional Analysis’ which is especially effective for looking at relationship and communication issues, be that with a partner, friend, colleague or family.
It may be that you only need several sessions. Equally for more deep seated issues, the work maybe more long term.