What is counselling?
Counselling is a safe – non-judgmental space where you can talk to someone who’s trained to help with a variety of concerns. You might be struggling with feelings of stuckness, isolation and anxiety. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one and you’re feeling overwhelmed by a whirlwind of emotions. Sometimes we need someone who doesn’t know us to truly listen to what we say without giving advice or telling us how they dealt with something similar. Counselling can help you explore thoughts and feelings about your past, address present concerns – and find the way to a brighter and better future.
Your feelings matter, your needs are important and change is possible
No matter how big your concern might seem, I encourage you to get in touch to see if we might work well together.
Counselling is a collaborative contract between you (the client) and me (the counsellor) If we start working together, we’ll go through a contract which explains what counselling is, as well as what it isn’t.
Isn’t counselling just one more expense?
The fact you’re reading this website means you want to change how things are and that’s called self-care. It’s one of the kindest things you can do for yourself – but also your friends and family.
If you can start to feel better about who you are, it can change the way you relate and react to yourself, your partner, children, family and friends.
How much does it cost to see you?
- I offer a free 15 minute initial chat so we can discuss what you’d like to get out of counselling and if I’m going to be the right person to support you.
- I offer six sessions initially but we’ll regularly have a look at whether you’re getting what you need from counselling and discuss whether you need any extra sessions.
- Each session is £50 – or a reduced price of £250 if you pay for six sessions in advance (so you get one free).
- I offer concessions for students who need therapy as part of their training.
Who can I help?
I am qualified to help anyone over the age of 18. I have a lot of experience working with blind and partially sighted people, particularly people who have recently lost their sight. I have also worked with a lot of clients experiencing relationship issues and feelings of isolation.
I can work with the following concerns:
- Age-related issues,
- Loss and Bereavement support for assistance dog owners
- Loneliness and isolation
- Relationship issues
- Work-related issues
Therapies I offer
I trained as an integrative counsellor, which means I have learned to use a variety of therapies which I can use to help you in a way which suits you the best.
I’m interested in everything about you – so I’ll ask you lots of questions to find out what type of approach might work the best for your concerns.
If something doesn’t work though, it’s totally fine to say so and we’ll try something else.
Therapies I’ve studied include:
- Person-centre counselling
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment therapy
- Transactional Analysis
Where does counselling take place?
I offer sessions by telephone and online using Zoom or Teams. This is because online counselling works very well for many clients. Reasons for this include:
- You can have your counselling sessions from the comfort of your home, which means you avoid having to pay for any commute, parking or other travel costs.
- It can be more flexible- I offer daytime and evening slots.
- You can either have the camera on or off.