Talking therapy is non-directive, which allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and safe environment. A counsellor is trained to listen and can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have, aiming to help you get a clear overview of the problem as a basis of finding ways forward.
CBT offers a slightly different approach, being structured and directive, which allows a person to gain a deeper understanding of presenting issues. CBT also involves setting goals and doing tasks independently outside of the counselling session.
As a Professional integrated Counsellor & Psychotherapist, I will offer tailored therapy, often making use of both these approaches. Some additional therapy tools I may introduce, if this feels helpful for an individual, are: creative writing, guided visualisation, dream analysis, drama/roleplay, Gestalt (empty chair), sandplay, toys, shells and stones, mood cards, postcards, russian dolls, art, memory boxes, photos, mindfulness and I may also use models for psychoeducation. This means I work according to your specific needs, whether you require short or long term, directive or non-directive therapy. We will explore the unconcious mind, making links and recognising learnt patterns, coping strategies and defense mechanisms to gain a deeper understanding of your current issues.
This varies. Some people attend a few sessions and others need counselling on a long-term basis. This is usually discussed at your initial appointment and together we review regularly.
I have an open-door policy: meaning you are welcome to come back whenever desired for ongoing support.
Yes. I am regulated as a member of the British Associatiation for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This provides an ethical framework and if you are unhappy for whatever reason, and we cannot find resolution together, the BACP have a complaints procedure.