Counselling or psychotherapy (I use the words interchangably) is a talking process through which distress can be reduced and meaning can be found. It is a safe and confidential space where clients may work through difficulties with a trusted companion, moving towards change and/or finding peace in a way that can be difficult to do on one’s own at times.
Put simply, I let clients 'lead' with the talking, based on my belief that they know best where 'hurts'. You are the expert on yourself. My own expertise lies rather in helping to access and understand your experiences and feelings. I do this through creating a space that is as consistently non-judgemental as possible, and by offering a particularly attuned empathy.
In summary, my eventual aim is to understand exactly how it is for you, and in doing so, to help you understand yourself better or differently. This new self-awareness - new information – tends to bring an increased sense of ease, and often inevitable changes in behaviour. Put another way, root causes of difficulties are gently addressed.
[If you, like me, are interested in the evidence base regarding - in these cases supporting - Person-Centred therapy, you may find the below articles worth a read.]
1. Gibbard, I., and Hanley, H., (2008), A five-year evaluation of the effectiveness of person-centred counselling in routine clinical practice in primary care in Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, Volume 8, Issue 4: 215-222 or [online] Available at http://empower-daphne.psy.unipd.it/userfiles/file/pdf/Gibbard%20I_%20-%202008.pdf [Accessed 12th March 2014].
2. Stiles, W.B., Barkham, M., Twigg, E., Mellor-Clark, J., Cooper, M., (2006), Effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural, person-centred and psychodynamic therapies as practised in UK National Health Service settings in Psychological Medicine, Volume 36, Issue 4: 555-566
3. Elliot, R., and Freire, E., (2008), Person-centred and experiential therapies are highly effective: summary of the 2008 meta-analysis in Person-Centred Quarterly, November 2008: 1-3 or [online] Available at http://www.pce-world.org/about-pce/articles/102-person-centredexperiential-therapies-are-highly-effective-summary-of-the-2008-meta-analysis.html [Accessed 12th March 2014].
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, although I list below some of my specialisms, it may be useful to know that evidence consistently points to the 'click' between client and therapist as being more important in meeting aims than finding a therapist that has worked with a particular issue before.
Each session is 50 minutes. I'm available on weekdays during the day and evenings.
The first session is at the reduced rate of £40 for you to see if you feel comfortable with me. Shop around if not! There is no obligation to continue beyond this.
If we do decide to continue working together, fees are as below. I offer a scale of fees, for example £50-65, to suit your circumstances.
Group therapy is useful for individuals wishing to learn more about the nature of their interactions with others. That is, if you would like to feel more competent in dealing with difficult interpersonal situations, to improve your communication and relationships, and/or to become more aware of self-defeating attitudes.
I charge £25 per person per 50 minute session. We meet weekly for a minimum of 4 sessions. Groups tend to have 3 participants plus myself facilitating.
Please contact me if you have any other questions or to discuss these.