How I work
As a Humanistic counsellor, my approach is centred on the belief that we are all capable of growing, changing and gaining greater levels of insight into ourselves.
In my work with clients, I draw upon the core models of my training – Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis – and blend these approaches according to the needs of each individual. I value and am fascinated by the differences between us all and so, in counselling, there can be no one size fits all approach. But beyond this methodology, the guiding principle of my work lies in the quality of the therapeutic relationship forged between us.
What to expect
All counselling sessions are 50-minutes, and take place in my counselling room at The Lodge, usually weekly. We might work short-term (8-12 sessions) or long-term, depending on what you want and need, and we can discuss this together.
When we first meet, I’ll begin by asking you some questions about yourself. I’ll be interested to know something about what you are experiencing, so that we can begin to understand what has brought you to the decision to speak to a counsellor. As in all our sessions, you can say as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.
We will explore how we might work together, and of course I will answer any questions you may have about the process. I will explain important aspects of counselling, such as confidentiality, all of which are laid down in my code of practice, the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. The aim of this first session is for us both to gain a sense of how we may work together, what that might look like, and whether you feel this could be helpful for you.