There are many different types of counselling and different perceptions of what occurs in counselling. Counselling offers an opportunity for you to explore losses/anxiety/specific experiences in a confidential setting.
The initial assessment is an opportunity for you to assess if you feel we can work together and for me to assess if I am able to enter into a counselling partnership with you.
How often will we meet?
We would meet each week, at the same time, on the same day, for 50 minutes. I will give you four weeks notice of any holiday I have and I would ask you to let me know of any sessions you were unable to make with as much notice as you were able to.
With each person who enters counselling the length of counselling can be different so I cannot give you a definitive answer. Open ended counselling has no set time limit. This means that when you feel you might want to end the counselling we will discuss ending together. Time limited counselling can range from 6 to 12 weeks. Until we have met I am unable to say what whether open ended or time limited counselling might be more appropriate for you.
What qualifications do you have?
I have worked in healthcare for many years and worked as a senior lecturer within Higher Education. I then trained for four years in Therapeutic counselling and qualified as a counsellor. I worked as a bereavement co-ordinator for a hospice and as a counsellor for a psychodynamic charity. I have worked with clients who have experienced issues in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, PTSD, domestic violence and losses such as bereavement and divorce.
PgDip in Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Accredited BACP therapist.
EMDR therapist having completed part 1,2 and 3 of the EMDR training.
MA in Teaching in Higher Education
BSc (Hons) in Nursing and Social Sciences.