How I work... Making a commitment to sign up for counselling sessions can feel daunting, especially if you've never experienced talking therapy before, so it's my role to support you through the process and help you get the most out of your counselling sessions. I use an Integrative approach, based on my Humanistic/Person Centred Diploma qualification, which is tailored to meet the needs of each individual client. Some clients like to book their first session via e mail whilst others like a brief phone chat with me first to find out more before booking a session ..... the choice is yours.
Our first session (whether its online or face to face) is an Initial Assessment Appointment to help identify the focus of our work and provide some basic strategies to help manage things in the Here & Now. I always suggest we allow up to 90 minutes for the first appointment to give plenty of time to get all the background information (giving an extra 30 minutes of therapeutic time free of charge). We'll then decide if we'd like to continue working together, and agree a Contract for another 2 - 3 sessions at which point I like to review progress and then we can decide together if it would be helpful to continue longer term work. This would usually involve looking in more depth at some of the factors/life events which may have have contributed to the current situation, perhaps looking at issues such as loss, trauma and attachments to help process and come to terms with this and start to make positive and pro active choices for change.
I like to e mail a range of support materials such as information handouts, worksheets and recommended reading between sessions so clients can try out different activities and strategies for themselves.
Counselling sessions (face to face and online) cost £60 per hour and £55 for under 18's Payment can be made by BACS or cash before or following each appointment (as agreed beforehand) Sessions cancelled 24 hours in advance will not incur payment.
You can choose whether to have an online appointment (usually via What's App Video call) or face to face in my therapy room near Ribchester in Ribble Valley