Please find below a list of frequently asked questions - if you need more information, please feel free to contact me.
- What is counselling?
Counselling is a 'talking therapy' designed to help you make sense of troubling thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It allows you to explore your concerns with someone who will really listen to you and help you find your own way forward. As well as supporting you, your therapist may challenge you at times, but they won't judge you or tell you what to do, and they won’t discuss what you tell them with anyone else.
- What issues can I bring to counselling?
Almost anything that’s troubling you. People seek counselling for a wide range of issues including:
- adoption and fostering
- autism and Aspergers
- disability and ill health
- eating disorders
- fears and phobias
- fertility, miscariage and abortion
- gender issues
- low self-esteem
- life changes such as a new baby, moving home, menopause, children leaving home, retirement
- obsessions and compulsions
- panic attacks
- personal growth
- relationship and family problems
- sex, sexuality and gender concerns
- suicidal thoughts
- trauma and post traumatic stress (PTSD)
- work-related issues such as career changes, unemployment, redundancy and bullying
If I’m not able to work with you on a particular issue, I’ll let you know and will suggest other places where you can find support.
- How many sessions will I need?
I usually suggest that we work together for six sessions to begin with. This gives you a chance to explore your concerns and decide if you want to continue in therapy. It also lets you decide if I'm the right therapist for you.
Some people find that six sessions are all they need to feel back on track, whilst others choose to stay in counselling for much longer. Naturally you're free to leave therapy at any time and I'll never put any pressure on you to continue.
- How often will we meet?
Sessions will normally take place at the same time and location each week, although we can vary the frequency of sessions if required. Some clients choose to work every other week and others prefer to come in for one-off sessions when needed. I'm open to exploring patterns that work for you.
- When do you work?
I offer daytime appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and evening appointments on a Wednesday.
- What kind of clients do you see?
I work one-to-one with people over the age of 18.
- Which type of counselling do you use?
I mainly use Transactional Analysis – or TA as it’s more commonly known. TA is a powerful and versatile form of therapy that enables therapists to work in a wide variety of ways with their clients. It also allows therapists to work at great depth if required, which makes it ideal for resolving complex issues from the past.
As a TA therapist I will be open with you about my thoughts and may share pieces of theory designed to help you understand what's going on inside.
TA therapists believe that everyone is OK and has the power to think for themselves and transform their own lives.
- Does it work for everyone?
Counselling works differently for everyone, however a vast body of research exists to show its effectiveness and it is recommended by health services around the World for a wide range of conditions.