Counselling is a form of talking therapy and provides you with a safe and confidential space to discuss any difficult feelings or issues that you are struggling with. It is a process where you can seek to change something in your life by exploring your problems, feelings and behaviours in more depth with an independent unbiased person.
A person centred counsellor is not there to tell you what to do and will not advise. They will encourage you to speak about what brought you to counselling to try and uncover any root causes and explore how this may have impacted on subsequent patterns of behaviours and relating and relationships. You can then work together with the counsellor to explore and ultimately move past these issues and hopefully find more helpful ways of coping on a day-to-day basis.
Confidentiality starts from your initial enquiry and remains during all of your sessions.
As a BACP -registered Counsellor, I have to discuss my clinical work with a qualified supervisor on a monthly basis to ensure ethical practice, who is also bound by the rules of confidentiality specified by the BACP. This is to maintain standards of practice and ensure your best interest.
However, there are rare occasions both professionally and legally where I would need to break confidentiality if I believed you or another person was at serious risk. Likewise, if there was any mention of trafficking, money laundering or terrorist activities I would be legally obliged to report it. In such cases I would aim to discuss this with you before I made contact with the relevant people.
This will be all discussed with you when we agree our contract at the beginning of the first session.
Unfortunately, counselling is not a magic wand and we cannot guarantee to make your problem disappear.
Rather than resolving your problem directly, I will instead work alongside you and support you to explore the feelings associated with your issue and where they may have stemmed from. I trust that you already know the answers to your problems and have the innate ability to fulfil your potential - my aim is to provide you with a non-judgemental and supportive environment to empower you to gain insight, understand why you may be feeling as you are and help you make the right decisions for your future.
Undoubtedly, counselling can bring up some upsetting and painful emotions. It can be a difficult process to start with but this process is necessary in order to move forward with your life and eventually you should start to feel better.
As you gain more insight, you will also begin to ‘process’ a lot outside of the therapy room and I always encourage clients to find some quite space immediately after the counselling session if at all possible.
This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on what you are bringing and what you want to achieve. It is something we discuss when we first meet and is very much down to the individual.
Counselling is a journey and it can take time and consistency for it to work effectively. Having a regular slot once a week can provide crucial and important support to someone’s life whilst trying to explore and manage difficult feelings.
For some people, 6-12 sessions may be enough for the issue you are experiencing. However, others who may be struggling with particularly complex and difficult feelings may require much longer. We would review your progress together and I work on an open-ended basis with no restrictions or time limits. We have as long as you feel you need.
If you would like to explore working together then the best way to do this is by contacting me to arrange a free of charge 30-minute telephone or face to face meeting. It’s important that you choose someone you feel comfortable to work with and also for me to be honest as to whether I am best placed to help with your particular issue.
It also allows you the chance to ask questions about working together. If at the end of this call call/meeting you feel comfortable in continuing then we could look to arrange a first session. If not, there is no obligation whatsoever.
I run my practice from The Divine Hub in the heart of Didsbury village and from Chorlton Rooms in Chorlton.
See the Contact Page for full addresses and maps.
Normally sessions are once a week although we could meet more frequently if we decided that this would be helpful.
For counselling to be most effective, it requires a regular commitment and a cooperative effort by both the client and the counsellor.
We would explore working together and for me to understand the problem you would like my help with.
In adherence to the BACP ethical framework, we would firstly agree a contract of agreement together where I would thoroughly run through everything to expect in the sessions from confidentiality to cancellation policy, boundaries and what I can and cannot offer.
Sessions cost £50 and last for 55 minutes.
I offer an initial free and confidential 30-minute telephone or face to face consultation so you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you. All details and information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence, regardless of whether you decide to proceed.
Please contact me via the enquiry form on this page or call on 07780 932886.
I have a 48-hour cancellation policy.
If you inform me more than 48 hours in advance of non-attendance, there is no cost involved. Where it is less than 48 hours, I would have to charge for the missed session.
I appreciate that sometimes unforeseen circumstances can arise and, in those instances, it can be discussed and agreed between us.