Different counsellors and therapists work in different ways. The initial consultation session is a good way for you to find out how I work and for you to decide if you wish to start regular therapy with me.
We will sit on chairs facing each other. Sessions last 50 minutes and typically take place once a week, at the same time and in the same place.
My therapeutic approach is integrative, with a core belief in humanistic, person-centred principles, but I will draw from other models at the appropriate time to allow the therapy to follow you and your needs. What you want to achieve from counselling is my priority and I will bring in appropriate ideas and techniques to suit you. These other therapeutic models include: Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis, Focusing and Motivational Interviewing.
Mindfulness is particularly useful in dealing with stress and anxiety and involves some simple but very effective techniques; these can be easily learnt, but take time to perfect – I can help you practice and learn.
The aim is to help us both understand your life experiences, to support you in coming to terms with who you are and what is happening in your life. Ultimately, to help you make any changes you feel are important to allow you to enjoy life, achieve your goals and be a more content person.
The therapeutic relationship we develop in the counselling room is of primary importance to the effectiveness of the therapy. I will aim to make it as comfortable and productive as possible, whilst at the same time maintaining the essential boundaries of good practice. At times, the work may feel difficult or challenging, but you will be in safe space to journey, exploring your thoughts, feelings and emotions with me, in a supportive and safe space.