When you come for Counselling we are making together a special space where you can safely explore your concerns and difficulties. This space is held by building a strong and trusting relationship. This is why connection and safety are important factors when choosing a Counsellor. The choice is very important and, for this reason, I like to see a prospective client twice before we each sign a formal, written Counselling contract. Once we are sure we can work together, then the Counselling can begin.
A Counsellor always works to a code of Ethics and as a member of the BACP I follow their Ethical Framework. A Counsellor is trained to offer appropriate reflections and observations about what you are saying and doing, to help you see things in a different way, perhaps encouraging you to challenge and reshape the habits and scripts of a lifetime?
My counselling style is eclectic, drawing from approaches that have been personally inspiring over the years. These include Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress and Health, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Psychotherapy, Humanistic Counselling, Co-Counselling, NLP (Neuro LInguistic Counselling), MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and the teachings of non-Violent Communication. I am not offering Buddhist Counselling but, as a practicing Ordained Buddhist, Meditation and Buddhist philosophy often inform my Counselling.
Some people ask "how long will Counselling last"? That is very difficult to answer really as every Counselling relationship is unique. It could be 6 weeks, it could be a year. If we work together we will regularly reflect on the direction and purpose of the Counselling, to make sure you are getting your needs met.
I have regular Supervision with an accredited Therapist and as well as regular Mindfulness and Meditation peer supervision. I also work as a Supervisor, either individually or in teams at a special hourly rate. If you decide to work with me, sessions are 1 hour and, usually, on a regular, weekly basis. Fortnightly sessions can be arranged to ease financial outlay and a special fortnightly fee can be negotiated, but a series of weekly sessions may first be necessary to establish the counselling relationship. Online, email or telephone counselling is also available.