How Can Counselling Help me?
Counselling can help in order to look at your life more objectively and make sense of things that feel 'a bit tangled up'. It isn't a quick fix, and some issues may require longer periods of time than others.
However, I believe that with the correct type of support most issues can be faced in a better light.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a term used to describe talking therapies, typically sought by those wishing to tackle, manage or overcome an issue which may be impacting their life in some undesirable way, with a professional and qualified psychotherapist.
There are many forms of counselling and many varied and unique reasons somebody might wish to embark with a counsellor.
I ultimately practice a pluralistic form of counselling -believing no one therapy alone is always sufficient - with the Person-Centred approach as my core professional philosophy.
Is Therapy Confidential?
Yes. I conduct my therapy in line with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - and Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) - codes of ethical conduct.
In the event of immediate safeguarding issues, I am duty bound by law to disclose issues of extreme risks of harm to self and/or others, either to your GP and/or the authorities. I will never do so without informing you prior to this decision though.
How Many Sessions Do I need?
This will differ for everybody. During an initial consultation, we will briefly discuss your reasons for attending therapy, what goals you may hope to work towards, or what specific issues you may wish to discuss. The amount of sessions may be something agreed on from the start, or an ongoing negotiation between the two of us.
Do you work with Children or Couples?
No, I am not currently trained to work with younger children. This requires a different approach and I'd recommend seeking a specialist child psychologist or counsellor.
I do not work with couples (although, with your full consent, it might be appropriate to invite partners and family members to sessions intermittently if this will aid your therapy).
What is the difference between a counsellor and a psychotherapist?
This is an ongoing discussion within the psychotherapy field. My personal, basic answer is that any counsellor with a certified accreditation through a professional membership body (such as the UKCP or BACP) may call themselves a psychotherapist.
Counsellors might generally be attributed to shorter term work, whereas Psychotherapists will typically have the training to manage longer term contracts.
Do you work with secondary care / psychiatric mental health conditions?
I will work with individuals who have significant secondary care issues (e.g. Schizophrenia, Bipolar) and/or diagnosed Personality Disorders, so long as there is a treatment plan in place and/or the condition is currently stable/managed.
During initial consultations, I will enquire about this information and any existing or historical support you have received. If during a consultation these issues are identified, I may offer to make a referral to your GP (with your consent), or signpost to more appropriate services to ensure your care and safety.