What can I expect from counselling with you?
A safe, supportive, non-judgemental, and confidential relationship built on empathy, trust, empowerment and honesty in which we can explore the issues that you want to work on.
What sort of things can you help with?
Counselling is a safe place to explore a wealth of topics and presenting issues. I have experience working with issues of anxiety, depression, anger management, identity, trauma, childhood sexual abuse, racial inequality, loss & bereavement but am open to working with other topics too. If I feel I am unable to help, I may be able to point you in the direction of specialist services better suited to your needs.
Do you offer counselling to children, couples or families?
I work with individuals aged 18 and over.
How long will we be working together?
We will discuss this at your assessment but it really depends on what your goals are. I offer both short term and long term counselling. My goal is to make myself redundant so that you can use the insight gained in therapy to make changes beyond our time together. You are in the driving seat so you can end at any time although I do ask that you give 4 weeks’ notice so we can properly prepare for the ending.
How will I know if this is right for me?
I offer a free, no obligation 30 minute initial consultation over the phone so we can ascertain if counselling is right for you and if I am the right counsellor for you. This gives you an opportunity to ask questions about counselling and how we might work together and allows me an opportunity to gain an understanding of what you are looking for through counselling. Everyone is different and I would encourage you to shop around for the right counsellor to fit your needs.
I am feeling anxious and/or nervous about counselling, is this ok?
Yes. The thought of talking to someone new about difficult topics can invoke feelings of trepidation and while I hope to alleviate anxiety around counselling itself, it is also possible for us to work with the anxiety as part of the therapeutic process so there is no need for this to be a barrier to us working together.
What if we meet and decide you are not the right counsellor for me?
If this is the case, I may be able to suggest alternative counsellors for you or can point you in the direction of finding someone outside of my network. The important thing is that you find the right counsellor for you.