What is counselling and psychotherapy?
These are umbrella terms, which cover a range of talking therapies. While there are large areas of overlap between the two, counselling usually refers to shorter-term therapeutic support for those who are dealing with a particular difficulty or issue, whereas psychotherapy mainly refers to longer-term, deeper psychological work that may be more long-standing. The term ‘therapist’ is used to refer to both counsellor and psychotherapist. As a fully trained counsellor/psychotherapist, I am specially trained to listen and read non-verbal clues, which help me further understand what is going on for you better.
Trained to masters level, I am integrative therapist and practice a range of approaches including: person centred, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic and solution focused therapy. This offers us different ways of looking at your issues and as each client is unique, my use of an integrative approach allows me to select insights and ideas from different models that might fit best to your individual needs.
What to expect from your first session?
I offer a 20 minute free first session, the aim of this is to discuss your expectations from counselling/psychotherapy and how and when you might wish to meet. I offer a flexible approach to therapy which gives you more choice and convenience when choosing how you access therapy. You may prefer to work with me using my secure online chat room facility or through text chat messaging alongside an occasional face to face session; the choice is yours to try out and see whats suits you best and when.
In your first session I will also tell you about any ethical issues such as contracting and professional boundaries, confidentiality and anonymity. This first session is a good time to check out if you feel you can work with me, it is important that you feel secure and comfortable.
Once we have agreed on how we will work, we can set your appointment session online/phone/chat/ face to face, Skype therapy session. In the sessions that follow, our intention would be to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours in an open and honest way. These might be to do with anxiety, depression, anger and grief, emotions which we can rarely chat openly about with our friends or family.
Your sessions are designed to give you the opportunity to help you make sense of your feelings in a safe and confidential space. As a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist I will manage and nurture our relationship, ensuring a professional duty of care at all times. For your peace of mind I work to a strict code of conduct and adhere to the BACP code of ethics, which ensures that our relationship remains ethical and professional at all times.