Msc (Psych TA), CTA , Dip (Psych), Dip (Coun), LLB (Hons)
Certificate in Couples Counselling from Tavistock Relationships
Counselling and Psychotherapy for individuals (16+) and couples
I came to retrain as counsellor and psychotherapist at a time when I was facing personal challenges. This was after many years of a corporate career when exploring my emotional self became vital to me.
I appreciate that the initial contact is daunting, for some walking into the unknown but that is why working with a trained psychotherapist is an important step in looking after yourself. I work with you on a weekly basis although depending on your situation we may agree to meet twice weekly.
I offer a free call to talk about what brings you to therapy and to set up our session. Usually when I am working with a couple, one party will be in touch and we will set up the sessions. I suggest that we get to know each other in the session. This is because I treat the relationship as my client and each party to the relationship has the opportunity to hear the other in the session with me as the facilitator.
The next stage is to experience being in conversation with me. That’s right I am an active participant in our relationship, I reflect back what I am hearing to enable you to hear the impact you have on an other. This session is charged and there is no obligation to continue. You may wish to take some time to work out if you want to engage in therapy with me and about the number of sessions you may have.
I recommend between a number typically anywhere between 6-12 at least in the beginning.
Then comes the work we do together. Therapy requires time, patience and effort. That is why you the client are put to work. In this mutually committed space in which we explore the issues that bring you to seek support. This maybe enough.
If however, we decide it isn’t maybe something is eluding us or maybe the emotional support you receive is important we may decide to work together indefinitely. This is when you use the therapy for personal growth and development. That is to say, until you consider that you are ready to leave. If that is the case I usually suggest at least 2 sessions (it maybe more) before you do leave so we have time to evaluate our work, what we have done together and to say our goodbye.
Reach out, it is the first step in looking after yourself especially during these testing times so let’s start the conversation…..