"Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure" — Rumi
COVID-19: I am now offering sessions via phone and video-calls using Zoom.
Please get in touch for details. I hope you all stay safe and well during these unusual times.
Counselling is a unique experience that benefits different people in different ways. Some describe it as a holding space where they can be themselves and gain greater self-awareness. Other people, who have felt "stuck", use it to make positive changes in their lives. Yet others experience counselling as making a difference to their general happiness and quality of life or describe it as an enriching experience for their personal development. There are many more stories...
Counselling is not meant to replace your social relationships. Speaking to loved ones and friends can be helpful in finding support, particularly during challenging times. Counselling differs as it is with a trained professional who offers a confidential space and works according to clear ethical boundaries. The sessions are about you and what matters to you. It is good practice for counsellors to be members of a regulating body such as the BACP or UKCP and adhere to their ethical framework. Such counsellors will also engage in regular supervision to reflect on their practice and continue their professional development.
Private therapy provides you with choice over the therapist you might like to work with. To clarify what kind of therapist you are after, you might like to "shop around" before making a decision. This could be particularly helpful if you are new to talking therapy or are not yet sure what therapy approach suits you. Private therapy also offers you choice over the length of your therapy. I have experience in providing short-term therapy to explore a particular issue, as well as longer term therapy. We will work at a pace that feels right for you.