I offer short and long-term counselling in Ipswich, Suffolk and central London.
The 50-minute sessions cost £45 during the day and £65 at weekends and evenings.
In our first assessment session offers us a chance to meet and discuss your expectations of counselling. I will tell you about how I work and you can ask any questions you have. There is no obligation, implied or otherwise, to continue if you think counselling is not for you.
We will agree on a regular time slot, usually once a week and I will explain about confidentiality and other professional considerations.
For people on low incomes/benefits/students - I offer a few subsidised places as I believe that counselling should be available to all who need it. This will depend on your personal circumstances. Please do not be embarrassed to ask.
Phone counselling is also a viable option for some people. Home visits can be arranged for those with disabilities or otherwise house-bound - cost will depend on travel involved and time of day.
Are We A Good Match?
Research strongly suggests that the single most important factor in therapy is the quality of the relationship between client and therapists! It's vital that you find somebody you feel comfortable with. Somebody with whom you'll be able to talk openly and honestly with.
Some clients prefer a same sex counsellor or somebody who shares a similar lifestyle, sexuality or religion for example?
Others prefer somebody from their own ethnic background. Ask yourself with whom you might be most comfortable?
Location, budget and availability will also be factors to take into consideration. Unless your need is urgent, take your time selecting somebody. It is an important decision.
There are many types of counselling - the kind I practice has a humanistic approach - and provides a distinct method of counselling and focuses predominately on an individual’s unique personal potential to explore creativity, growth, love and psychological understanding.
3. What qualifications have you and how much experince?
BA (Hons) Degree in Person-Centred Counselling.
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling.
Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills.
Accredited Alcohol Concern Volunteer Counsellor.
Volunteer Training for AddAction - Drug & Alcohol Abuse.
Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
I've been working as a counsellor for 18 years in the private and public sectors.
My degree is from the Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University in London.
Experience includes counselling at:
The Oak Recovery Hub - Ipswich.
Inceni - Ipswich.
AddAction and Action For Change - Brighton.
Ealing Abbey Counselling - London.
The Metanoia Counselling Centre - London.
4. How will I know it's working for me?
We will review the sessions - usually every six weeks - and discuss your progression. This offers and opportunity to review original goals and desired outcomes.
5. Isn't a chat with a friend or family member just as good?
Talking to our loved ones can be a great support but sometimes our family and friends can be too close, might be part of the problem and might offer advice that might not be appropriate for the situation.
Counsellors are highly trained to listen empathically & without judgement. Counselling offers a safe space for you to express yourself without being interrupted, talked over or patronised.
6. Will I get good advice and be offered solutions to my problems?
Counselling is more about enabling clients to find their own solutions and following their own advice. I believe that YOU are the expert on YOU. By helping you find your own truths and answers you can strengthen and develop your sense of self-esteem and self-respect.
You have the inner resources to discover your own answers but sometimes we all need a little help in that search.