You will find some general information relating to counselling, coaching, and therapy below.
If there is anything further you want to ask I am happy to answer your questions.
Psychotherapy uses the relationship with a therapist to explore and reflect on past and present emotional life. This relationship provides a safe space to explore and understand difficult feelings and behaviours. The experience can help resolve long-standing as well as more immediate difficulties and provide an opportunity to make positive changes.
People that want counselling are unique. There is not one ‘type’. All kinds of people, from all walks of life, come into therapy. It follows that everybody’s therapy is different. People need to find the answers to problems and difficulties that suit them as an individual. No two people’s answers are going to be alike.
Everybody has the freedom to choose all of his or her actions and behaviours. We may have learned unhealthy ways of coping with stress or life problems and these ways may not be working for you in your current circumstances. We all have a view of the world and ourselves and, subsequently have a responsibility for choices that we make in our lives, regarding our emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. How all of these aspects relate together impacts on the way that we are in the world and our relationships with other people.
Everybody has different positive qualities. Together we will look at the strengths and weaknesses that you have that apply to your particular problems. Changing some of the unhelpful ways that you use will lead to fundamental changes in the way that you handle your life.
As a therapist, I use a wide variety of techniques and approaches. My training has been in Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt, NLP, Ericsonian, and Rogerian theories, as well as much from Positive Psychology and Coaching. I am willing to use all that is available to me as a professional.
As we begin to work together, it is important that we are both clear about what you want to achieve for your life, and what we will each contribute to the therapy to bring that about. It is for you to decide on what change you want to make and what you are willing to do towards achieving it. I will use my skills and knowledge to help you to make changes in the best way possible.
Your initial session will include a consultation. This session will last for an hour or so. During this time we will talk about what you want and any changes you may like to make in your life. We will also talk about the basis on which counselling/therapy will be undertaken, including method, duration, confidentiality and fees. Subsequent sessions will be for one hour. The number of sessions required might depend on changes you wish to make.
I abide by the code of ethics and professional practice of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and this includes treating people with respect, and honouring their life with confidentiality. Moreover, I always meet the professional requirements of CPD, continuing professional development.
I may have used the terms ‘counselling’, ‘therapy’, ‘psychotherapy’ interchangeably. It doesn’t mean there isn’t a difference between counselling and psychotherapy, but that when clients come along, sometimes we might be fluid and use a bit of each in our sessions.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
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