WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
Counselling aims to provide you with a safe and contained space for you to talk, share and explore your feelings, in your own time and at your own pace. Within our therapeutic relationship I will aim to facilitate a space for self-growth and exploring your own personality, how you relate to others and to yourself.
The first session will be an assessment to explore what you feel you need help with and how we can work together. I will ask you to complete a brief questionnaire beforehand, which will give us a clearer picture of your presenting issues.
Whilst it is my intention to uphold confidentially at all times, I also want to be transparent here: not everything we discuss in the counselling room remains confidential. There are limits to confidentiality and certain circumstances will warrant me breaking this confidentiality agreement: the disclosure of serious risk
of harm to you or someone else, any information regulated by the Children's Act, acts of terrorism, money laundering or drug trafficking and ongoing court proceeds.
In line with the BAPC's Ethical Framework I am in supervision and some of the issues we talk about during your sessions might need to be taken to my supervisor for the benefit of my professional support and development. This will always be done in an anonymous way, making sure not to disclose details that might identify you. Our confidentiality agreement extends to the supervision space.
I am available for short, fixed-term work as well as longer, open-ended counselling. In any case, my recommendation is to commit to an initial minimum of 9 (nine) sessions, which is an optimal time to develop our therapeutic relationship and explore your presenting issues to a better extent.
AREAS OF FOCUS
General-Lifestyle: low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, fears, general lack of motivation, dissatisfaction with home, work and/or social life.
Relationships: break ups, break downs in communication, inability to establish intimacy, bullying, childhood "life scripts", caring for vulnerable dependants, domestic violence, abuse.
Gender, Sexuality and issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
Grief and Loss: past, present or future bereavement, major life-changing situations.