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What is Counselling?

Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk about your concerns in a confidential setting with a counsellor who will listen to you carefully and help you explore your situation. It is up to you to choose what to talk about. Counselling can help you get a clearer understanding about yourself, your problems and your feelings. Counselling can help you discover different ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, but cannot change your circumstances for you.

How it works

How we work is up to you and what feels most comfortable, for example we could start in a Person-Centred way and then continue in a more problem-solving way. It is flexible and guided by you. Whichever approach you choose, counselling is about talking about our feelings, thoughts and behaviours to gain personal insight. I offer face-to-face meetings and I am willing to discuss Skype if you would like to work in that method.

Why go private or see an independent counsellor like me?

It is true that counselling is sometimes available free of charge in some GP surgeries or through some charities. These organisations may have a long waiting list. I am flexible, offering appointment times outside of office hours. Weekend appointments are also available.

In choosing to see an independent counsellor, you have the choice of who you wish to work with, rather than having a counsellor allocated to you. This means you can look around and find the counsellor who is experienced in working with the difficulty you have. You also have the freedom to find a counsellor located close to work or home rather than the inconvenience of travelling to your GP surgery.

The number of counselling sessions an individual may have in the NHS, Employee Assistant Programmes or through charities is often time limited to say six or eight sessions. Choosing an independent counsellor puts you in the driving seat where our sessions are not restricted by number.

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