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How do I know I need counselling? Do you feel you need someone to talk to in confidence? Are you finding things difficult or have you been through something you found traumatic? If so, then it could be beneficial for you to have counselling. If you are feeling low or sad a lot of the time, if you have recently had a big change in your life that you are finding difficult, or if you would like some help managing something such as anxiety then now may be the right time for you to explore that further.
How will counselling help? By having time to talk about things without being told what to do, you can work out how you really feel about things. Counselling can help you work out if a relationship is right for you or if that big career change you’ve been considering could be worth doing. Counselling can help you learn to understand your emotions better, improve your relationships with friends, family and colleagues. It can improve your sleep, give you coping mechanisms, help you get through bereavement and lots more.
Is it confidential? Yes, it is. Very brief notes are kept of our sessions together and your personal details are not kept with these notes. Your sessions in my diary are referred to by a number, not your name. My supervisor, who I meet with each month, does not know your personal details so cannot identify you. Apart from certain safeguarding and legal reasons, your counselling sessions will always remain confidential. (Privacy statement available on request).
How much does it cost? I offer everyone a 30 minute, initial telephone consultation free of charge. Each 50 minute session which is via telephone or online is £35. Each 50 minute session where we meet in person in a therapy room is £40. Longer sessions may be available and these would be charged at a higher rate.
What is Person Centred Counselling? This is a way of counselling where the counsellor is non-directive and led by what you, the client, wants. Person Centred Counselling follows the thought that the only person who really knows what is best for us is ourselves and sometimes we just need some help finding what that really is. Working in this way means that I will work with the issues you want to work with, in a way that you find is helping. We will unpack things together and at a pace that you are able to go at, we will walk on a journey towards you having a clearer understanding of your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
What qualifications and training do you have? I have Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates in Counselling, as well as a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling. I also do regular training through workshops in person and online, reading and watching webinars. This has included working creatively, online and telephone counselling, working with grief and bereavement and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
What organisation are you registered with? I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and this can be seen on their website http://www.bacp.co.uk. I work within their code of ethics at all times. I am also registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), hold a DBS Certificate and have public liability and indemnity insurance.
How often do I need to have counselling sessions? I recommend that, when starting counselling, you have weekly or fortnightly sessions. Having them this regularly helps to build up a strong working relationship between us, for you to begin to feel comfortable in the environment and begin to make changes in your life. Don’t worry if that isn’t possible though, as this is your counselling and you are in control!
Do I have to talk for the whole session? Not if you don’t want to! Counselling is not only about talking and you may find it easier to express your emotions in other ways. As well as talking, counselling can include creative work such as drawing, using a sandtray, stones or other objects,writing a journal. . . . There are many options.
Where will face to face counselling sessions be? I am in Southampton, on the south coast of England. Any face to face sessions take place in rented therapy rooms.