Welcome and thank you for visiting my site. I appreciate that it can sometimes be difficult to take information on board at the initial session should you decide you wish to take the next step and meet with me. I have therefore created this page which I hope may answer any potential questions you have regarding counselling.

What is Counselling

I understand that it can often be hard and painful to discuss personal issues.  Contacting a counsellor can therefore feel like a big step.  However, talking in confidence with someone unrelated to your concerns and who understands how we all need support sometimes can be of great comfort.  The aim of counselling is to help you make sense of what is currently happening in your life and to assist you uncover awareness and understanding in order to find solutions that can potentially work for you.  I believe that people can be empowered to find their own answers, I therefore do not tell you what do to although I may make a suggestion or two.

Initial Contact via Email/Telephone Call

There could be further questions you would like to ask before deciding whether counselling is for you.  I would therefore encourage you to make contact to discuss any concerns you may have, your requirements and your expectations.  If I am unable to respond immediately, I will reply as soon as I can.

What Happens Next?

After the initial contact, the next step would be for us to meet in person.  We can explore the process further in order to ensure that it feels right for you and, if at the end of it, you are happy for us to work together; we would then arrange a subsequent session(s).  It is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor.

How Many Sessions Would I Require?

There does not have to be a crisis in your life to benefit from counselling.  Some clients therefore require only a couple of sessions to explore their issue.  However a number of clients find it beneficial to work longer term depending on what is going on for them at the moment.  Sessions are reviewed and agreed to ensure that your needs are being met.  Ultimately, you decide what is best for you.

What Would We Discuss?

Each session is led by you so you decide what it is you would like to discuss in the sessions.  I will respect what you are ready for and will not push you.  I believe we are all unique individuals with different thoughts, feelings and behaviours and so the sessions will be tailored to your specific requirements.

Please feel free to go to my ‘Contact’ page if you would like to contact me via email or telephone for further information.  If I am unable to answer the phone and you decide to leave a message, please indicate a good time for me to return your call.  I will then respond as soon as I can.

I look forward to hearing from you.