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.
We will work at your own pace to untangle any confusion or distress, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
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.
Whilst counselling is aimed, at least initially, at providing support to work through a difficulty in life, coaching is aimed at identifying and working towards goals.
If you already know what you want to achieve I will enable you to understand your drivers, clarify the actions required, and keep you accountable for your progress and success. If things are less clear for you, I will work with you to explore the values and influences on which your life is based. I will encourage you to voice your ambitions, aspirations, hopes and fears, to discover what you really want. I will then support you to make the changes that move you forward, and to identify and overcome any hurdles along the way.
Some of the areas I have helped clients with are
My core approach is known as integrative. This means that I can draw upon ways of working from different 'schools' of counselling and therapy, as well as coaching and NLP. For example, at some sessions it might be helpful for us to explore how your past experiences and relationships may be impacting your life now. At others we might look at habits or limiting beliefs that are holding you back. I see you and your experiences as unique and individual, and I work flexibly at your pace, rather than with a fixed step-by-step approach.
Appointments and Fees
Most clients attend for one session per week. Each session is 50 minutes. I have a comfortable consulting room near Market Harborough, as well as one in the City of London (on Wednesdays). I offer flexible appointments and try to accommodate busy work schedules and life commitments.
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.
Fees are £50 per 50 minute session in Leicestershire, and £75 per 50 minutes in London City. Longer and less frequent appointments may be appropriate if your interest is in life coaching - we can discuss this on the phone or at the first session.