How we will work together

I work from a psychodynamic and psycho-analytical perspective. Problems and distress in the present may be related to experiences earlier in our lives. Understanding this can help you gain fresh insight and help you decide the best way forward. Psychodynamic counsellors and Psychotherapists practice a “talking therapy”. Sessions are generally yours to use as you wish and your counsellor may make connections between various parts of your story, offer you perspectives that you may not have considered and gently encourage you to explore issues more deeply. Importantly you can talk safely without fear of being judged or criticised. Therapy is an opportunity to reflect on how you think about, feel and respond to life’s events.

At first it is often difficult to think about these feelings, but it does become easier. The aim is not to give you advice but to increase your understanding and help you explore options you may not have considered, and different ways of coping.

An initial session is generally arranged within 2 days. We will discuss the areas you feel you need help with and together decide if counselling is right for you.

If it is felt that counselling is not suitable for you, a recommendation or referral will be given.

Your commitment

It takes courage to seek counseling but it is through the questioning and reflecting on the way we live our lives that we are able to recognise, heal and change unhelpful ways of living. Research supports the view that the level of the trust and empathy between client and counsellor is more important than the type of therapy or any particular theory. It is therefore important to find a counsellor that you feel comfortable with.

After an initial assessment of one or two sessions, a verbal contract is agreed and a day and time is then yours. Sessions last for 50 minutes and take place at a fixed time on a weekly basis.

The trust and empathy between client and counsellor is more important than the type of therapy or any particular theory.

How long does it take?

I work with clients on an open ended basis and I also offer time- limited counselling focusing on one specific problem – generally this is for twelve sessions. We will discuss which is the most suitable for you in your initial session.

I follow the FPC and BACP Ethical Framework and am happy to provide evidence of professional training and insurance.

The counselling process needs a firm commitment to weekly sessions, although I will try and be flexible in arranging appointments. If you have to cancel or miss an appointment you will be expected to pay for that session. This includes illness and holidays. This enables me to maintain my commitment to your regular appointment time.

Regular sessions are 50 minutes long. You do not need to be referred by your GP. I offer appointments Monday-Friday during working hours and early evening.

How much does it cost?

My charges for each session are between £50.00 and £75.00, but I do offer a limited number of places for those clients in financial difficulties or with a low income.

The fee for an initial consultation, which generally lasts 90 minutes, is £45.00