Counselling offers you a safe and confidential space in which to explore difficult or distressing experiences and feelings with a trained professional.
Counselling is usually arranged on a weekly basis, with each session lasting 50 minutes.I work in a quiet and private counselling room and sit opposite you, ready to listen. Sometimes I will ask questions or make suggestions to help you make sense of an issue or how you are feeling; at other times we may decide on some exercises to work on at home if appropriate. At all times, I take my lead from you and avoid being overly directive or giving advice. I will not usually make notes during a session, but do keep a confidential record after the session so that I can keep track of our work and reflect on how best to support you.
Meeting a counsellor for the first time can be daunting, and I like to make the process as relaxed as possible. Firstly, I am really happy to talk by phone or email before we meet. Next, I offer an inital session at a reduced rate, which is a chance for you to see whether you feel comfortable talking to me - there is no obligation and it is important that you find the right counsellor for you. If you decide that you would like to continue, we agree on a therapeutic plan and review our work together every six weeks.
There is no minimum number of sessions, although most people find that they need at least 6 sessions to begin noticing or making changes. Similarly, counselling sessions are open-ended and have no maximum limit; six-week reviews allow us to map your journey and decide when to take a break.
Counselling sessions are completely confidential and notes made after the session are stored securely. The only exceptions to confidentiality are where I am concerned about your immediate safety or that of someone dependent on you; in such cases I will normally contact your GP and where possible, include you in the process.
As part of my professionalism, I do discuss cases with a qualified Clinical Supervisor; however, these are anonymized and no personal details relating to any of my clients are shared.
There is a lot of debate around the differences between counselling and psychotherapy and, indeed, whether there is a difference! My interpretation is that counselling is useful for focusing on what is happening in your life right now or on single issues with quite practical solutions. Psychotherapy tends to explore more deeply, perhaps looking at childhood patterns or experiences, addressing trauma or working creatively with more unconscious material. In terms of the work we do together, I am entirely guided by you; we will not normally make a distinction, rather focus gently on the issues that you bring and how you would like to explore them.
I am happy to counsel young women aged 16-21 at a reduced rate of £30 per session. I have a current Enhanced CRB check and am experienced in working with young people.
Phone/ email consultation: free
Initial session: £35
Ongoing session: £50
Some spaces for trainee counsellors are available at a reduced rate of £35 per hour. Please contact me for further information.
What is your cancellation policy?
I appreciate that everyone sometimes has difficulty keeping appointments. However, in order to be able to offer a consistent and professional service, I ask for 48 hours notice in order to cancel a session without payment. If you need to cancel at late notice, I ask for £25, which covers my cancellation fee and the cost of the room.
I work within a holistic therapy centre overlooking Hilly Fields in Brockley with peaceful, light counselling rooms:
81 Tressillian Road
London SE4 1XZ
The centre is within 10 mins walking distance of:
Lewisham Station/ DLR
Brockley Station/ Overground
Buses 171,172 and 484.
You can contact me by phone/text on 07450965369 or by email by clicking on the link at the top right hand corner of this page.
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