Counselling sessions last for up to 50 minutes.
I offer a free of charge 20-minute phone call to discuss your needs and to see if you want to proceed to book an initial session.
Some people find just 1 session is helpful. This is your decision. I work with what you need. If that’s a set number of sessions, we work together with that. If you’re unsure, we can discuss and review as we go along. For you to get the most out of your counselling, the sessions are held at the same time on a weekly basis. If this doesn’t work for you, we can discuss this when we meet.
Whatever issues are on your mind or troubling you. That might be day-to-day issues or worries about the past or the future.
Counselling isn’t right for everyone. It also has to be the right time for you to want to make changes to how you feel. We can talk about this before you make a decision.
Yes, counselling can help people who have depression. You can click here for information on the NHS website.
You can definitely trust me. I am a registered member of the BACP and I adhere to their strict code of ethics, which includes confidentiality. I will discuss the limitations of confidentiality when we first talk. The relationship is so important in helping you to make changes and to feel better. I work with my clients at a pace and in a way which feels right for that individual and which best suits their needs. You can expect a safe professional service from me.
I am based in Reading. Please see my 'contact me' page for more details on my therapy room and where it's located
I have full Professional Liabilities Insurance
After an initial call to discuss your needs, we will book our first session together. In this session, I will explain about confidentiality, and I'll ask you some questions so I can better understand who you are Questions such as;
Have a think about this beforehand if you can, but if not, that's OK. We can work through this together. This is a 2-way relationship, so I want you to ask questions too. It might feel daunting, but all your thoughts and feelings are relevant to our sessions together, so try to be as open as you can. Then it's your time to talk about what has brought you to counselling.
Towards the end of the session, I'll summarise what you've told me, to check my understanding. I may ask what you will do after this session. It's important you look after yourself and take some time to process how you feel.
Before we decide on future sessions, I will ask you to consider the following;
This is crucial to our work together. I want the best for you, and if that's seeing a different counsellor, that is the right thing to do.
Please let me know if you want more information on what happens in our first session. I am more than happy to talk this through on the phone.
Drop me a message and I will be happy to answer you.