It is entirely up to you what you bring to counselling. It can be a current crisis, a long running behaviour pattern or gaining an understanding of your relationships. Maybe you’re not sure what you want to bring, you just know something needs to change, you’re just not sure what. I aim to provide a calm and safe space in which you can explore whatever is important to you.
I can work with a range of issues including depression, anxiety and self-esteem. I have also worked as a care worker for the last 7 years, working with both elderly and disabled people. I can use insights gained working in the care profession to help you talk through any issues you may have involving care and support, including end of life. I am mobile, so if mobility is a problem for you and you are not able to come to me, I can come to you. I am also able to offer Skype, FaceTime or telephone sessions.
I am trained as an Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, using Person-Centred Therapy as a base and drawing on Gestalt Therapy and some Transactional Analysis. I have completed a diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, so I also use some of that where appropriate. (Please click the link for an explanation of these methods).
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work to their guidelines and ethical framework.
Following initial contact from you, we will arrange to do an assessment which will take about 30 minutes and it is free of charge. We will do this either over the telephone, via Skype or FaceTime. This will give me an idea of what you need help with, and allow you to see if I am the right counsellor for you.
Following this, the first session will be spent exploring your issue in more detail to develop an understanding of how it started and the impact it has had, or is still having, on your life.
You can then decide how long you would like to continue sessions. Sessions would usually be in blocks of six, however, the length of therapy is not set in stone. For example, if we contract for twelve sessions but then you find eight is enough, we can end sooner. Similarly, if we contract for twelve sessions and you think that sixteen may be more appropriate, I can accommodate that too.
I can offer:
Face to face counselling for individuals (adults and children.)
Skype, FaceTime or telephone counselling for individuals.
Sessions in the counselling rooms I rent in Bideford and Bude, or in your own home if mobility is a problem or you are unable to travel. (Please note, that if I visit you I will take reasonable steps to ensure my own safety in line with health and safety for lone workers, which will include letting someone know where I am)
My contact details:
Mobile – 07725 302523
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory.
Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents with The Iron Mill.
CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapuetic Counselling Supervision.