What is counselling?
Counselling involves the development of a relationship between a client and the counsellor that focuses on the client’s concerns and difficulties. It is a process in which individuals have the opportunity to improve upon their understanding of themselves, including their thought patterns, behaviour, feelings, and the ways in which these may be problematic in their lives. Counselling also provides individuals with opportunities to examine how to tap into existing resources or develop new ones that make for more effective living and relationships. Counselling is a collaborative effort as it involves the client and therapist working together.

Do 'normal' people need counselling? I thought only 'crazy' people seek out counselling?
The idea that only 'crazy' people seek out counselling is a common myth. In fact, a large segment of society will benefit from counselling at some point in their lives.

Individuals wanting counselling face normal developmental and life concerns. Difficulties managing stress, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, poor self-esteem, relationship problems, and loneliness are only a few of the reasons for which people may choose to engage in the counselling process.

Who will know that I am coming for counselling?
Unless you decide to inform others (e.g., family, friends, partner) that you are having counselling, no one will know. For example, if a relative or professor contacts our office for any information about you, including whether or not you have kept an appointment, we cannot and will not disclose this information.

In accordance with the BACP I adhere to a strict policy of maintaining confidentiality regarding your involvement in counselling. Keep in mind that there are exceptions to this rule. There are circumstances when counsellors are ethically and legally entitled to break confidentiality. These circumstances may be as follows:

Knowledge of ongoing abuse and neglect of a child or dependent adult.

Serious risk of suicide or harm for yourself or other individuals.

What is Person-Centred Counselling?
The person-centred approach views the client as their own best authority on their own experience, and views the client as being fully capable of fulfilling their own potential for growth. It recognizes, however, that achieving potential requires favourable conditions and that under adverse conditions, individuals may well not grow and develop in the ways that they otherwise could. In particular, when individuals are denied acceptance and positive regard from others -- or when that positive regard is made conditional upon the individual behaving in particular ways -- they may begin to lose touch with what their own experience means for them, and their innate tendency to grow in a direction consistent with that meaning may be stifled.

What is Play Therapy?
Most adults are able to verbalise their thought and feelings, but with younger children and some adults this may be difficult. I am able to offer therapeutic Play Therapy to those who may find talking difficult. Feelings and emotions can be explored using creative therapies very effectively. This is simply a different approach, but with the same end goal.
How much does it cost?
Standard fees are £75 per individual session of 50 minutes. Please contact me for fees relating to group or family work.
I am happy to be able to offer some concessions.
Payments may be made in cash, by cheque or credit card, by bank transfer or Pingit and are payable at each session.

Will my private medical insurance cover the costs?
That will depend on your specific insurance company and policy details and exclusions.Please phone your medical insurance claims line to verify whether your costs will be covered by  your policy.
For BUPA, Pruhealth &  WPA please contact them first to obtain authorisation.
For other insurers please call me first.

How do I book a session with you? 
Just click on the link below!

Contact me:
by phone: 07830 354 808      by email: counselling.for.you@gmail.com

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