What is counselling?
There are times in our lives when we encounter difficulties that can be difficult to work through without help. Sometimes, having someone to talk to can help us to move forward. Seeing a counsellor in a safe and confidential setting can provide on opportunity to explore feelings, make sense of things and gain greater self awareness and acceptance.
My aim is to offer a safe, non-judgemental, accepting space for you to be you. I am not here to give advice as you are the expert of what is best for you. My wish is to work together with you in finding your own meanings and your own answers.
What about confidentiality?
Everything discussed during our sessions together remains confidential. The only time confidentiality would be broken is if I felt your own safety or life, or the safety and life of others, is in danger. I will always try to discuss this with you first.
I undergo regular clinical supervision with a qualified and experienced supervisor with whom I discuss aspects of my work with. This allows me to get another professional perspective of my work and this is fully in adherence with the BACP Ethical Framework. I do not discuss the identity of my clients with my Supervisor.
We will talk about confidentially during our first session.
What training have you had?
I am a fully qualified Person Centred Counsellor and have been awarded a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited Degree from the University of Brighton.
I have a background in the Mental Health sector and I worked for a number of years with clients with a variety of mental health conditions and complex needs in Oxfordshire and Sussex. I am BACP Registered and I am committed to continuing professional development and attend regular training and workshops to inform and broaden my practice.
What will happen in our first counselling session?
I offer the first session free of charge. This offers the opportunity for us to discuss your needs and what you hope to achieve from counselling, as well as giving us the chance to get to know each other and to decide if we can work together.
How many sessions will I need?
The amount of sessions you will need depends on what you are hoping to gain from counselling. I have an open-ended contract with my clients and they can end the counselling sessions whenever they feel they are ready by giving me one session notice. This is to allow us to review our work together and look at what has been achieved. We will discuss this at our first session.
Do you offer online counselling?
Yes I do. As well as face-to-face counselling, I offer video Skype counselling.