What is counselling?
Counselling can seem daunting for people who have never experienced it before which is why I wanted to create this section to help you to understand what to expect.
There are many different reasons why you maybe looking for counselling, you may be feeling anxious, depressed, having relationship difficulties, loss, trauma, self-esteem issues, identity issues, attachment issues, stress, anger or other difficulties in processing and managing your thoughts and feelings.
Often it can be rare in life that we have the space to be able to reflect and process what is going on. I believe it is so important to feel comfortable with your counsellor. I aim to create a trusting relationship with you and provide a space in which you can talk about all aspects of your life without judgment or criticism.
There is no set way to "do counselling", you will be encouraged to talk about what has brought you to therapy, what is currently affecting you, your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes you might have a current concern you want to focus on, you may want to gain clarity, learn how to voice your thoughts, focus on your identity, process difficult feelings and traumatic experiences. The focus is always led by you and will go at your pace.
My main training is within Psychodynamic counselling which aims to look at how our early life experiences shape the way we view ourselves, the world and others in our lives. I aim to draw on these patterns and encourage you to observe and reflect on your own thoughts, emotions and beliefs. Where appropriate I may draw on other models of therapy such as CBT. Counselling can help with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, identity, sexuality, bereavement, loss, stress, relationship difficulties, attachment issues, work related stress, and anger.
I am able to offer both short term (6-10 session) and open ended long term therapy. Sessions will be at the same time each week and last 50 minutes.
I feel very strongly that it is the counselling relationship that helps to effect change so I think it is important to see whether you feel comfortable working with me. I encourage clients to have an initial meeting to explore what has brought them to counselling and whether they feel my approach is right for them.
My practice is based in a specifically converted building at my home, this is a separate building from the main house and offers a comfortable and confidential location for clients. There is free on road parking and a bus stop close by. I am also able to rent a room just outside of the city centre in Peterborough. Both locations have public transport links. Alternatively, if it is difficult for you to attend sessions physically I am able to offer online counselling using Skype.
Sessions are available at the following times:
Monday 6pm - 9pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 9pm
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm
Thursday 7pm - 9pm