What is counselling?
Counselling is time that is yours, to talk about the difficulties and challenges you might be facing. Perhaps things that don't make sense or make you feel angry or sad or afraid. It can help you to make sense of your feelings, make changes in your life or come to terms with things that can't be changed. It helps you to focus on issues and clarify them.
This process often helps to identify patterns of thought and behaviour which it might be helpful to modify. Understanding your responses to your experiences and finding ways to manage them can bring about positive change, improve self confidence and strengthen relationships, including the relationship with yourself.
Counselling is not about advice giving. It 's about working alongside you with non-judgement and empathy, to explore where your feelings and views are coming from in ways you may not be able to do with family or friends.
Why do people access counselling?
People access therapy for all sorts of reasons including: depression, bereavement, loss, anxiety, panic, low self-esteem, family and relationship problems, divorce, childhood abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder, self harm...to name but a few.
However, sometimes people don't know why they feel the way they do, they just know that they are struggling. Counselling can help you to clarify what is going on for you and find a way to move forward with your life.
What can I expect?
Our first session will be an introductory one where we can introduce ourselves, find out about each other and try to determine what you might want and need from counselling. In that consultation, the process of how we might work together will be explained along with the importance of confidentiality and boundaries. You will also have the opportunity to ask any further questions that you may have.
I might ask you to tell me a little of your 'story' and what you believe has brought you to counselling at this point in your life. Finally, we would discuss if counselling is appropriate for you and if so, how we can make it work.
How often are sessions and how long do they last?
Counselling usually takes place weekly and lasts 50 minutes. Of course we can negotiate the regularity of these sessions.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions varies enormously and depends on what issues you bring, and we will discuss this in the first session.
Are sessions confidential?
Yes, sessions are entirely confidential with the exception of child protection and suicide risk.
How much do sessions cost?
£35 for a 50 minute 1:1 session
£20 for initial/assessment session (40 minutes)
I accept cash or bank transfer payment.
A limited amount of reduced rate sessions are available for NHS workers and clients on lower incomes. Please do ask.
Where and when do sessions take place?
Sessions take place in Braintree town centre close to all public transport links. I can offer daytime and evening appointments Tuesday-Friday.
I am currently offering online and telephone counselling during lockdown with only a small number of face-to-face sessions available.
Arriving for sessions
There is a small waiting area. but often the door is locked while counselling takes place, so please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. Sessions will start on time, so if you are late for a session it will still end at the normal time. If this is the case, full fees still apply.
If you are unable to attend a session for any reason, I would ask that you let me know by phone, text or email within 48 hours. Any cancellations within 24 hours will be charged the full amount for the session, except in exceptional circumstances.