Areas of work:
Please be aware that this list is not exhaustive, so if the difficulty you are experiencing does not appear in the list below, do get in touch to explore how we might work together.
Bereavement and loss
Identity and existential issues
Difficulty accessing and expressing emotion
Stress, including work-related stress
Relationship difficulties, including couples work
Adustment difficulties (e.g. loss of role or status, age/stage of life)
Spirituality & core values
Difficulties arising from experience of rejection
Dissociation and derealisation
You might be feeling that the difficulty you are experiencing is 'trivial' and therefore hesitant about contacting me. Please be assured that your well-being is never trivial.
For more information about specific mental health topics, please click on 'Learn More'.
What I do:
This very much depends on the type of issues or difficulties that you want to work with. I offer both short term work (e.g. six sessions) and more open-ended, long-term work. Previous work with clients has involved:
emotion-focused work to support clients to identify, access and safely express underlying emotions;
dream work to enable the client to 'problem solve' and connect with the feelings and personal meanings surrounding the dream;
empty chair work to enable a client to address areas of 'unfinished business' with a significant other;
two-chair work to enable a client to explore conflicts or splits in their own experiencing;
focusing techniques such as 'clearing a space' to enable a client to get a greater sense of clarity about what is troubling them. This is especially helpful if you feel overwhelmed or 'numb';
empathic listening to enable a client simply to be heard and understood. This is often the first step to enabling someone to 'let go' of the tension or hurt surrounding an experience.
identifying core beliefs to enable a client to gain greater insight into what might be driving their behaviour, with a view to helping the client ‘restructure’ that belief.
For more information about the 'six steps' process involved in Focusing, click 'Learn More'.
Contracting and fees:
At the initial consultation, we will agree our working contract. This will set out our mutual expectations about how any therapeutic work will be conducted.
This will include agreement about confidentiality, length of session, length of therapy, cancellation and re-arrangement of appointments and fees.
If, during this initial consultation, either one of us decides that the type of counselling I offer is not appropriate for you, I will signpost you to alternative sources of support. It is not in your best interests to pursue counselling that will be of no help to you.
The fee for initial consultation is £25 for an individual and £35 for a couple. Subsequent full price fee for an individual is £40 and £50 for a couple. Sessions last one hour, with the expectation that appointments will be on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Anything less frequent than this is likely to impede our work together. Fees are reviewed annually. Further concessions may be available by negotiation, depending on your circumstances.
I am committed to working within the ethical guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. There is a formal complaints procedure with the BACP, should you ever be unhappy with the ethical standards of my work. Click on the tab below to go to the BACP pages.