So, what can you expect if you come to see me?
I will first offer you a thirty minute free consultation. This will give us a chance to get to know each other and to decide if counselling would be right for you, and if I am the right person to help you. If we then decide to proceed I will usually suggest six sessions, and we will arrange a day and time that suits both of us. You are, of course, not committed to the full six sessions and can end at any time if you wish. Similarly, if after six sessions, you think you would like to continue we can negotiate this as well.
I work in an integrative way which means I can call on a number of theories in which I have been trained (these include Person Centred, CBT and Transactional Analysis, as well as Systemic theory and psychodynamic). You don't need to understand what this means but if you are interested in finding out more you can do so by clicking here BACP
The most important thing is that I am here to listen to you and to help you to find a way through whatever is troubling you. I do not offer advice as such, although sometimes, where appropriate I may suggest strategies to help you to cope with or overcome specific difficulties.
I have worked with all manner of issues including bereavement, anxiety, depression, relationship problems and self harm. I work with individuals and couples, and have a particularly strong experience of working with adolescents (having worked for a number of years at the Youth Enquiry Service in High Wycombe).
Lets go for a walk ......
If the thought of sitting in a room and talking seems too intimidating for you we could always go for a walk.
Walking therapy is becoming more popular now and many people find it very therapeutic. We can discuss this in your first free session and it can be at a time and location of your choice (or I can suggest somewhere).