Coming for Counselling
Taking the decision to start counselling can be challenging - you might be feeling anxious about what it will be like, and about what I will be like. Perhaps you are unsure about discussing your personal situation with a stranger. These worries are normal and understandable.
When you meet me or another Counsellor for the first time, remember that the counselling is for you. It is important that you feel comfortable with your Counsellor, that you feel they are listening to you without judgement, and trying to understand your situation.
I have a warm and supportive style, and am interested in you as a unique individual. In our working relationship, I will focus on you and your needs; I will try to understand what it is like to be you. I will work with you to fully understand your situation and together we will explore any deep seated issues which are holding you back and impacting your ability to get the most out of life. I will challenge you, and at times you may feel unsettled, but I won’t force you to work in ways that are not helpful to you.
What Counselling can Help with
Evidence from research studies has shown that counselling can be helpful for a wide range of problems, such as
If any of these are affecting you, call me for a free, no obligation chat to see whether I may be able to help.
Counselling can also be helpful for people who do not identify a specific problem. Many people come for counselling because that feel a little lost, unfulfilled or confused. If this is you, call me to discuss if you would like to come for counselling.
My core approach to counselling is known as humanistic and person centred. This means that I see you and your experiences as unique and each counselling relationship as individual; I don't follow a fixed step by step method. My training is also integrative, which means I will draw upon ways of working from different 'schools' of counselling and therapy. For example, my training in 'object relations' helps me to explore with you how your past experiences and relationships may be impacting your life now. I also draw upon my other training, for example in neuroscience, coaching and NLP, in a flexible way, if it will be of benefit to you.
How it Works
Most clients attend for one session per week. Each session is 50 minutes. I have a comfortable counselling room near Market Harborough, as well as one in the City of London.
Some clients decide in advance the number of sessions they would like, others continue to come until they feel ready to move on. I am happy to work with either of these approaches.