I hope you will find this page helpful in answering some questions you may have. If you have any questions which are not answered here, please get in touch.
How do you know that you may need counselling? There are many things which may be a signal that you could benefit from counselling, these can include: difficulty focusing, struggling to complete every day tasks, not able to get to sleep or stay asleep, easily irritated, feeling as though you are on an emotional rollercoaster rapidly going from extremes of emotion such as feeling immense joy to incredible sadness, loss of appetite/increased appetite, using alcohol or drugs to self medicate or block things out, poor skin or worsened conditions such as eczema or acne, muscle aches and pains, unable to cope when things don’t go as planned, needing to be in control, needing to stick to a routine when you don’t usually.
How can counselling help? Saying things out loud can make them more ‘real’ and this helps to put things into perspective. Counselling helps gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and why we do the things we do and are how we are. It also helps us to learn how to manage different situations, keep to boundaries, improves self esteem and much more.
Is counselling confidential? 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. Apart from certain safeguarding/legal reasons or discussions with my supervisor (when you are not identified) your counselling sessions remain confidential.
What is Person Centred Counselling? Person Centred Counselling is a way of counselling using theories and ways of working developed by Carl Rogers. It is also sometimes referred to as Client Centred Therapy. This type, or modality, of counselling centres on the belief that everyone has the ability within them to change and to grow. We will form an equal relationship where you are provided conditions that enable you to really look at who you are and what is best for you. This also means that I will not direct you, but give you options for how your sessions may go. You are encouraged to take the lead in sessions in terms of what is covered.
What qualifications do I have? I have Level 2 Introduction to Counselling, Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling. I also do regular training through workshops in person and online. More recently this has included learning regarding offering online and telephone counselling as a result of the pandemic, working with grief and bereavement and also working with trauma.
Do I work with any specific issues? What have I worked with? I work with many issues, including but not limited to: anxiety, bereavement, low mood, low self esteem, self harm, stress, rejection, ocd and self confidence. If you have a specific topic you wish to cover and I feel I am not the best person to work with this, I will always let you know and if possible I will refer you on to a counsellor or counselling service who may be more suitable for you.
What organisations am I registered with? I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP – 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 is it advisable to have counselling sessions? There is no set answer for this, as we are all different, but I do recommend weekly sessions to begin with if possible. This helps you to feel comfortable and for us to really establish the working relationship between us. It is also possible to have your counselling fortnightly and you may find you wish to move to this after a few weekly sessions. If you need to arrange counselling around shift work please let me know as this may be possible, dependant on current availability.
Do I expect people to just 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 stones or other objects to express your thoughts, more directed exercises to help you focus on and explore specific subjects and more.
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