About CounsellingCounselling is a talking therapy where a client meets with a trained, dedicated and qualified counsellor in a safe and confidential space. This offers the chance to discuss any difficulties or problems the client be experiencing.
Counselling usually involves an initial meeting, conversation or assessment around what a client hopes to get from therapy, and then a number of sessions, decided between the counsellor and client.
There are many types of counselling available to people and it can be difficult to know how to find the right type of counselling and a counsellor you feel safe with. Different people will have different needs and expectations from therapy.
I offer Person Centred counselling.
About meI began training in 2009 and qualified as a person centred counsellor in 2014.
I believe counselling can really help, when you are ready to seek it and when with the right counsellor. The counselling relationship matters. I offer a safe place for each client to be who they need to be, supported by my empathic, respectful and non-judgemental approach, with the aim of each client leaving counselling in a much better place.
I understand that it's not easy. Sometimes taking that first step can be overwhelming. You might be questioning why you aren’t able to just get on with things yourself. Maybe you simply don't know where to start. Please take that first step and get in touch. I offer a free telephone consultation to help you decide if you want to try counselling and to discuss how we think it might be able to help you.
I provide a confidential and caring service to enable clients’ to explore and experience their thoughts and feelings. I respect people who come for therapy, I know can be a difficult or uncomfortable decision. I believe that to make a proactive choice to seek a counsellor is a considered investment into personal well-being.
I am bound by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy. This means that I work with a commitment to client well-being and work to professional standards. There is more information at www.BACP.co.uk
About Person Centred CounsellingThe Person Centred approach to counselling belongs to the humanistic school of therapy, and was devised by Carl Rogers, an American psychologist.
In the 1950s, Rogers proposed a form of therapy that focused on the clients' experience of themselves, as opposed to the counsellor being an expert and telling them what to do, or what was wrong with them.
Key features of the Person Centred approach are the ‘core conditions’ which means the counsellor works with:
• empathy – the counsellor trying to understand the client’s point of view
• congruence – the counsellor being a genuine person
• unconditional positive regard – the counsellor being non-judgemental.
When these core conditions are present with in the counselling room this can enable the client to engage with their own natural self-healing process and with support from the counsellor decide how they can move forward to a more fulfilling life.
Person Centred therapy is also known as non-directive therapy, the client is not taught the model or asked to undertake any homework.
“I'm not perfect...... But I'm enough.” ― Carl R. Rogers