What is counselling?
Counselling is about working together with the counsellor to explore feelings about yourself and what is happening in your life. By looking at connections between your present situation and past events, you can gain insight into the unconscious processes that have influence over your everyday life. This can lead to greater self-awareness, enabling you to find authentic ways to live your life and enhance your problem solving skills.
How can counselling help me?
It offers a confidential and reliable relationship.
Provides support in times of crisis and change.
Deepens awareness of self and relationships.
Offers a safe place where you can speak about feelings that worry you.
Encourages you to challenge unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour.
What can counselling help with?
Some of the issues for which counselling can be helpful:
Questions around gender
Who do you work with?
I offer counselling to individual adults and to couples.
I am based in Deeping St James, Peterborough and I work with clients from The Deepings, Peterborough, Stamford, Spalding, Bourne and surrounding villages.
How much does counselling cost?
Initial consultation - £10
The initial consultation lasts for up to one hour. It gives you the opportunity to talk about what brings you to counselling and to find out if working with me is what you want.
Counselling sessions - £30
A counselling session lasts for one hour and we usually start out with weekly sessions. This fee applies to individual counselling and couples counselling.
When can I come to counselling?
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I am currently working with clients using online video platforms such as Skype and Zoom.
My hours are Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 9pm.
What happens if I don't want to continue after the initial consultation?
Should you decide that working with me is not right for you, thats OK.
You are under no obligation to continue.
Are your counselling sessions confidential?
Yes, counselling sessions are confidential. However, there are circumstances when I may be required to disclose, such as concerns around your safety, the safety of someone else you have discussed in counselling or if I am required to do so by a court of law.
How do I start?
You can contact me to arrange an initial consultation and we'll go from there. Call or text me on 07585 604 715 or use my contact page.
Do I have to tell you things I feel uncomfortable about?
No, it is always your choice. It might take some time for it to feel safe enough to talk about difficult or painful feelings and experiences.
How long does it take?
There is no definitive time period for counselling, it is very specific to the individual/couple. Where the issue is very specific, it might only take a few sessions. Where there are more complex issues, it will take longer.
What theoretical approach is used?
I use many different therapeutic approaches to help you in the most effective ways. These include Person-Centred, Existential, Solution Based, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Inner child work.
Can I finish counselling at any time?
Yes, you are under no obligation. You can tell me that you want to finish counselling anytime and I will arrange a final session with you to conclude our work together.