Our mental health is just as important as our physical health and taking time to focus on what is happening for you can alleviate your distress and help you to make decisions for yourself that feel right. At times we all experience difficulties, however, sometimes problems might become overwhelming and long-term. They can get in the way of having a fulfilling life, leading to anxiety, depression, misery and suffering. They might originate in the past, or you might notice that you repeat the same patterns without seeing how this can change. Talking to a counsellor or therapist who is not directly involved, who does not judge or criticise can provide you with time and space to explore your feelings and help you to work out what is causing your suffering. It can help to increase your self-esteem and your relationships with others and can lead to permanent and positive change in your life.
The most important aspect of therapy is the relationship that you have with your counsellor/psychotherapist. That is why I offer an initial session free of charge with no obligation to continue.
I have worked as a counsellor since 2007 with adults and young people. Initially I worked at Wantage Counselling Service (now Wantage Counselling and Training Centre) and then also at King Alfred’s Academy before setting up my private practice in 2014.
About the work:
We will explore both what is happening in the here and now and also look back at your early life and past events. This will help us to understand how these experiences have shaped you and to make sense of what is happening for you; this might include what you expect from relationships and the relationship that you have with yourself. We will uncover some of your deeper, unconscious, feelings and thoughts. We will discover how you really feel, why you respond in ways that you do in different situations.
Therapy is challenging at times because we will be looking at painful and difficult feelings and events. However, by spending time on these aspects of your life, these feelings will dissipate as you notice what they are showing you and you begin to make changes that feel right for you. Over time, you will gain more of a sense of yourself: your feelings, what you want for yourself. Your self-esteem will increase and you will gain a sense of relief and clarity.
I offer a 40 minute initial session that is free of charge. This is an opportunity for us to meet each other, for you to tell me what you want from therapy, to find out more about the way that I work. Research shows that the most significant aspect of therapy is the relationship that you have with your therapist. This is a chance for you to see if I feel like the right counsellor for you. I will also let you know in the first session whether I feel I can offer you the best support, or I will recommend where you might get help elsewhere.
I work face-to-face with individual adults and young people of secondary school age. I offer both long-term and short-term counselling. Long-term means that we will work together for as long as you wish which gives time to exploring more deeply. Short-term work is a set number of sessions where we focus on one topic of exploration.
Sessions are 50 minutes long, except for the first session, which is 40 minutes. Sessions are weekly.
Fees are £60 per session, a concessionary rate of £45 is occasionally available.
Fees are payable either each week or monthly, whichever you prefer. Monthly invoices are due to be paid on the day of the last session of the month.