About Counselling


Counselling is what you would call a “Talking Therapy” and was initially introduced into the UK in the 1950’s. Sessions last 55 minutes from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

In its modern form, it is based on a variety of psychological approaches. I am an integrative counsellor which means that I am able to adapt my style to suit your needs. This is good for you as a client as it means I can use these different approaches to really support you more deeply.

Counselling in its simplest description is where I am there to listen to you, to reflect back what I have heard you say and to offer challenge to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the issue(s) that you are bringing. I do this in an empathic way, without any judgement and am there to support you to heal or reach the goal that you desire.

In having this Counselling session, it will support you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, the issue(s) at hand and will help your explore alternatives, or “help you to work it all out”.  

Counselling with me starts with us arranging a meeting and having what we call an “initial assessment”. This gives us a chance to meet, and for you to share how you feel I can support you. During this meeting we will both get a feel if you think that I will be able to support you, and also whether I feel that I can help you. It’s really ok at the end of this session to say No, or take some time to think about it. In my experience my clients know very quickly if they feel that we are able to work together.

If we are both saying yes, then we would “contract” for 10 sessions. It might be that 10 sessions is enough for you to resolve what you chose counselling for. Sometimes longer term counselling is required and we would each time contract in blocks of 10 sessions. This is good for you because it means that each time at around session 7 we would review your progress and have a discussion on whether we would be ending at session 10 or whether we would “contract” for another 10 sessions.

For your 10 sessions we would arrange weekly sessions typically at the same time each week. I am flexible in my hours of work up to 8pm in the evening and from 9am in the morning. I don’t tend to offer sessions on a Saturday or Sunday but if this was a requirement we could chat that through.

The main approaches I use as an Integrative Counsellor are: -  

Person Centred Counselling: - A person-centred approach is set to help you, your relationship or family reach your full potential and growth. Person-centred counselling believes that every individual has the potential for growth, change and that the answers and solutions lie within the individual. My role is to be genuine, empathic and non-judgemental and to help facilitate the you to truly understand and explore the presenting issues and use a range of skills to help the you work these through.

Psychodynamic: - this is a way of interpreting the self in components and observing the relationship between the client and the counsellor. A bit like a blank canvass and we would explore what’s the transference and projections in this counselling relationship to enable you to reach a much deep[er understanding of your behaviours and motivations.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: - This approach is brilliant for working with specific issues such as phobias or fears. It is a solution based therapy and the results can be quite dramatic. I have used this approach many times when the client is ready to start exploring the change that they would like to make in their life. It is also good if you have a really clear idea of a goal or a solution that you would like to achieve.

Transactional Analysis: - This approach is good and structured way of interpreting a person’s behaviour commonly understood as parent, adult and child. It can really help you to identify patterns of behaviour and help you to identify strategies for change. If you sometimes feel locked in conflict with a loved one and not sure how to get out of this, this model can really help give a deeper degree of understanding that can then enable you to change.

Transpersonal: - Often described as viewing the conscious and higher spiritual parts of an individual.

Systemic Approaches: - This means looking at a relationship or at the family as a whole and offering reflections and observations about the interactions between individuals to help understand the cause and effect.