Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about what happens in a counselling session, and more

This is one of those “how long is a piece of string” questions. The answer is really up to you. You may feel your issue has been addressed sufficiently after  1-3 sessions. Alternatively, you might feel that you would like to explore your concerns more deeply, and continue meeting regularly.

I usually suggest planning for up to 6 sessions initially. We can then review your progress and, depending on how you are feeling, you can decide if you would like to continue.

A referral is not necessary to make an appointment to come and see me. You may visit as often as you like, whenever it suits you.

While I enjoy meeting people face to face, I find online sessions are a great alternative for those who live at a distance, or are unable to travel. 

Today, many of us are  comfortable using zoom for work and social connections. Online therapy is no different, and we use platforms that are encrypted for privacy and confidentiality.

Many people find it easier to talk from the comfort and privacy of their own home. You can book an appointment for a time that suits you, make yourself a cuppa, and settle in for a chat.

Your appointment can be arranged to fit into a busy work schedule, and you can even have a session when you are away from home.

Most of my personal therapy sessions are done over Skype or zoom, with therapists outside my local area. It’s convenient, and I am able to access specialist support, according to my need a the time.

People usually see a counsellor about something that is bothering them in the moment. Using skills of empathy and deep listening, my aim is to help you feel supported, understood and accepted without judgement.

Psychotherapy, on the other hand, supports a gradual process of change by delving more deeply into the “roots” or causes of a problem, rather than simply addressing symptoms that may appear on the surface. The aim is to develop greater awareness, understanding and self-empowerment.

My training is in Process Oriented Psychology, helping you find solutions to your problems, based on the ancient concept of following your body’s innate wisdom.

An holistic approach to health recognises that symptoms do not exist in isolation. Rather than seeing a symptom as something to be removed, I see this as a message or sign to be followed. 

Instead of simply talking, I might ask you how you perceive an experience in your body. Together, we will be able to gently unfold these sensory experiences, helping you to explore what might be underlying your disturbance. Releasing old patterns of behaviour  can help you to find greater levels of self awareness, and a new sense of freedom.

The result is growth in wisdom, awareness and understanding.

Your first session is basically an  opportunity for us to get to know each other. You can decide if I am the right fit for you, and we will have a short chat about “what brings you?”.

I will ask you to complete some paperwork about why you are here, and I will let you know more about the type of therapy that I offer.

In order to develop a “picture” about you, I may ask more questions about why you have come to see me, and what you would like to achieve from your therapy.

I might also ask about important things in your life, such as relationships, your childhood, career, things that disturb you, and what makes your heart sing.

At the end, I will ask if you have any questions, and if you would like to continue to work with me.  Then we will discuss  suitable dates and timing for your ongoing appointments.

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