How counselling works
Counselling or talking therapy allows you talk about any difficult thoughts or emotions in a safe and confidential space. It can help you make a change to your life or simply explore your thoughts and feelings in a helpful way.
As a counsellor, I will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. I am here to help you find the best way of coping for you.
I am a qualified person-centred counsellor working in an integrative way. This means I believe that every person is unique and no single approach is suitable for everyone.
Rather than offering a single method, I am trained in all therapy types and I am happy to discuss these with you if this is helpful.
What to expect
We will generally have weekly or fortnightly sessions. Each session lasts for 50 minutes. Our sessions are your opportunity to talk through what’s on your mind and anything you’d like to work on.
You can choose to work with me over a limited time period or on a longer-term basis. We can discuss which approach you prefer when we first meet, and review this regularly.
Mindfulness and meditation
Many of our worries and stresses come from thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness is about bringing yourself into the present moment, without judgement. The NHS website has more information on mindfulness and how it can benefit health.
If you feel comfortable, I can bring in simple mindfulness exercises into our sessions, which you can practice at home.
When you work with me, our sessions are usually confidential. There are a few exceptions, which allow me to work responsibly and keep you and others safe.
I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their Ethics and Good Practice Framework.
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Regent's University London.
Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology: City University.