Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect in my first session?

The first session may be a little longer than subsequent sessions as we take the time to find out about you and your needs and expectations from Counselling. At the first session I may write things down, this is not usually the case in the following sessions. I will ask you about you and your life and try to establish with you the needs you have. 

 

At the end of the session I will ask you if you would like to continue with therapy, or if you would like more time to think about it. It is important that we both feel it is a good fit for therapy to be beneficial.

What can I help you with?

I have a broad range of experience. I enjoy working with young people, university students, adults and older age adults. I have experience in a wide range of issues and in varied settings. Some of the issues I can help you with are the following but these are by no means exhaustive.

 

  • Self Harm
  • Work/School Place Stress
  • Family and Relationship Conflict
  • Reduced Self Esteem
  • Managing Change
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Bereavement and Loss (including suicide)
  • Illness and Chronic Illness
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Pre and post natal issues
  • Parenting
  • Women’s health issues

How can Counselling help me?

Counselling can provide the time and space to explore issues that are troubling you or areas of your life that are no longer serving you in a safe, confidential and nurturing space. It can provide the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and to establish new or adjusted coping mechanisms.

What qualifications do you have?

I graduated from Kent University in 2012 with an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

 

  • Certificate in Humanistic Counselling.
  • Accredited Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • EMDR Practitioner.

 

I have also undertaken further training in;

 

  • Attachment theory.
  • Working with children and young people.
  • Trauma with young people and adults. Using imagination in Trauma healing.
  • Teenagers.
  • Narcissism.
  • Family relationships and dynamics.
  • Disordered eating.
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).
  • Body therapy.
  • Using creativity in therapy.

How do you know I am a safe Practioner?

I have an obligation to abide by the BACP ethical framework and to keep myself up to date educationally. As part of this I have Supervision every month.

How long will therapy last?

I work in an open ended and time limited format. Time limited means we may decide to set a number of weeks at the outset and in doing so have very clear goals as to what you would like to aim to achieve. This way of working is often used in the NHS where time and resources are limited.

 

We can also work open ended and this involves working organically as matters arise, in a collaborative way.

When will my appointment be?

I will aim to give you an appointment time in advance and try to keep this at the same time each week, where this works. I can also offer a more flexible approach if your week is less predictable.

How long will my appointment be and what is the cost?

Appointments will be for 50 minutes and the cost is £60 per session.

 

EMDR may cost more if we decide this is appropriate, and sessions may be 1.5 hours.

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