What to Expect

Getting Started

If you are interested in seeking counselling with me, please contact me via email or my mobile so we can begin to discuss what you are looking to get out of counselling. I will arrange a free initial appointment with you at my practice, where you can find out more about me and how I work and it gives you the opportunity to explain how you would like to use the sessions. If you decide you would like to work with me, we will arrange weekly (sometimes fortnightly) sessions in a short or long term arrangement.

What is counselling?

Counselling is an opportunity to gain insight and awareness to make sense of current situations in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space. You may have experienced a recent change in your life – a bereavement, change in job, change in family circumstance or a relationship ending; changes like these can often bring individuals to therapy. Or you may not be able to put your finger on what’s wrong; but you are left with confusing, painful or uncomfortable feelings. Are you feeling ‘stuck’?

The best hope for counselling is if it used to explore emotions; some of these you may not even be aware of yet. This means that difficult feelings can emerge in therapy; I will work with you to help you be with them. It is also the chance to explore your relationships with others, including the relationship that I hope we can develop.

Through increasing self-awareness and self-acceptance, change can occur.

What is counselling and psychotherapy?

Therapy is an umbrella term that includes counselling and psychotherapy as well as other talking therapies. Counselling and psychotherapy essentially provide the same function and it can be hard to distinguish. Both aim to help clients resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues both in short-term or long-term settings.

What does humanistic and integrative counselling mean?

Basically it describes the way that I have been trained at BCPC. My therapeutic approach will be tailored to you as an individual. It allows for flexibility for our work together – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. I mainly draw upon humanistic and psychodynamic concepts and the work of Rogers, Klein, Winnicott, Bowlby and Jung as examples.

Myths about therapy

Here is a link to a really comprehensive video on what therapy is and isn’t. It may help to allay any anxieties or worries about coming to therapy.

http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/what-is-therapy/myths-about-therapy

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