Counselling

The Therapeutic Process

I offer prospective clients an initial assessment as this gives both the opportunity to meet up, discuss the presenting concerns, and gauge if we decide to work together.  If I work with children and young people, this may be different, it will very much depend on the age and understanding of the therapy process.  Assessment allows the decision if therapy is right for you once you have an understanding of the process expectations and what it entails.

If we decide to work together we will draw up a therapy contract or working agreement (adults, adolescents and young people only) where we agree to meet for a minimum of sessions before reassessing our working alliance.  The assessment explores if you wish to continue working in therapy, if your goals have been achieved or new ones need tobe set.  There is no obligation to attend all sessions you will be free to end therapy at any given time.

Sessions will usually last 50 minutes to an hour on a weekly basis.  Children adolescents and young people may differ depending on their concentration span. The process of therapy can be short term solution focussed or longer term depending on the therapy aims and goals.


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Contact


Clients are able to contact me via email, through the Counselling Directory, mobile and home number.
 
Messages can be left if I am not available and I usually get back as soon as I can.



Working with Children, adolescents and young people When working with children and young people I am able to draw upon a range of creative interventions. It is not always easy for young people to verbally express themselves of what is distressing them so it often plays out in they way they behave. Often young people will be referred for therapy from a parent, teacher or health professional.

Children often struggle with feelings and emotions and will need help and support to understand themselves. Many things can cause this such as separation, family conflict, medical or environmental problems, or a history of  abuse. Children can feel isolated, alone, sad bad or trapped which can lead to feeling misunderstood alone and confused.

Creative ways of working include, play therapy, sand tray work, drawing, role play, collage and construction along with painting, stories and books.

Experience and research has shown that therapeutic intervention has a positive effect to a persons life, their behaviour and achievements.






Working with Employers


Workplace counselling can offer a service that is both valued by employers and employees whilst at the same time
help reduce sickness absence, improve staff retention and staff turnover whilst help to improve staff morale.
Supporting the psychological wellbeing of employees can potentially be viewed as part of the employers duty of care to promote a stress free environment. This in compliance with Government legislation

Growing research in this area demonstrates the importance to mental health and wellbeing in relation to work
performance and effectiveness. Many studies have shown where employers have offered counselling support to their
employees it has a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.  Employees can carry out their work duties whilst at
the same time explore ways in which they can manage their personal and or work situation as often one will impact the
other. Other benefits include reduced costs that are associated with illness and absenteeism, cost of sick pay will be
reduced, cover and recruitment of staff will be minimal.

If employees are happier in the workplace then they will less likely to seek alternate employment opportunities.
Relationships in the workplace will improve, along with compliance with their duties, therefore change can be
accepted more readily where employers will see an increase in work performance and decision making.

My Approach


There are many different therapy approaches to choose from where it's impossible to be trained in them all!  I do not believe that there is one approach that fits all as each person is unique and will have their own personal needs in therapy. I therefore work to fit the needs of the client - what ever approach that may be in a very person centered way.

This makes the therapy I offer unique to each person. I can offer sessions to individuals, couples, children and young people.

Charges


My charges are reasonable and I can usually help a person within 6-12 sessions. My aim is help a person gain insight and understanding to their presenting problems to give them the tools to move on Successfully.

  • One to one Per session £35.
  • Couples mediation £50.
  • Online £35
  • Skype £35

Code of ethics


I am a member of the BACP and I adhere to their ethics of counselling & psychotherapy. I am also on the BACP register of counsellors and psychotherapist.