What is Counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy which allows you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe space without Judgement. The core conditions of a person centred counsellor are to offer positive regard, to be non-judgemental, to be genuine, honest and empathic (to see things from your point of view). When a person experiences the core conditions, over time, they are able to work through their own thoughts and feelings and make long lasting changes.
As a professional BACP counsellor I believe most individuals have the internal resources needed for growth and change.
Who can benefit from Counselling?
People often think that counselling is just for people who had a ‘bad childhood’ or have been abused, however the reality is counselling is for everyone and anyone who wants to reflect on where they are in life and make some changes.
Over lifetime we are exposed to many adverse experiences, most of which we take in our stride, however cumulatively it all adds up and can start to impinge on our enjoyment of life and our ability to deal with the stress and strain of life.
This is sometimes highlighted in the moments of life where we are most vulnerable, things bubble up like a volcano and suddenly erupt! The transition into parenthood can be very challenging, even when everything looks ‘rosy’ on the outside. Mothers experience hormonal and bodily changes and for many fathers the new founded responsibility can feel overwhelming.
Support from the NHS is improving and that is great news, however, some people:
- Do not want depression or anxiety on their medical record
- Do not want to wait for help
- Require support out of office hours or in their own home
For this reason I offer a private and confidential, flexible service.
To ensure best practise, as with all qualified and registered BACP counsellors, I attend regular supervision. Supervision is a place for counsellors to work with a qualified supervisor to explore what has come up for them whilst working with a client, there is minimal disclosure about the client and the objective is to ensure the counsellor is working within the BACP ethical framework.
Professional counselling can be arranged at several local venues; home visits are available providing that it is possible to maintain confidentiality and there are no interruptions or distractions, each case will be assessed individually and balanced with the client’s needs.
I offer an initial meeting (50 minutes) to allow you to assess if counselling is right for you and to see if you have the desire to work through and make some changes in your life, this session is just £29.
Sessions are generally held weekly and are £35 per session, to book click here.
Most clients start to experience change within 6-10 sessions, however, everyone is different so the number of sessions depends on your individual circumstances.
Payments can be made via Paypal or BACS.
Where and When
I have access to therapy rooms across Dorset and Hampshire and offer appointments in the daytime, evening and at weekends, I also offer sessions via Skype for those outside of the local area.