What is counselling?
Whilst often sought out in times of difficulty, counselling can be an enjoyable experience and have extremely positive outcomes. For many people it is the first time that they have experienced being completely listened to, and this in itself can be hugely therapeutic.
Counselling is a talking therapy where, through the creation of a positive, supportive and non-judgmental relationship between yourself and the counsellor, you can safely explore your thoughts, feelings.
Through this process it is possible to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and how you relate to the world around you. This can increase confidence, help you find solutions and give you the ability to move forward in life. By developing your natural curiosity and awareness of self, an on-going resilience and optimism for the future can be gained and maintained.
Do I need counselling?
Ultimately this is up to you, and it is always your decision as to when you start, continue or stop therapy. For a guide, amongst other things, counselling can help with the following:
Anxiety, anger management, bullying, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, family issues, grief, illness, low self esteem, sexual abuse, stress, suicidal thoughts, relationship issues, trauma.
How long will it take?
This is different for everyone but typically you will see a counsellor for between 6 and 20 sessions. However, some people have longer-term therapy, or return for short periods regularly throughout their lives. What is paramount, is that you are committed to the process and feel that you have a good connection with your counsellor.
How much does it cost?
The cost of counselling varies but I offer 1 hour sessions for between £40 and £50, depending on location, and I will also consider concessions for those on low income.
Is it completely confidential?
Yes - what you tell me in our sessions will remain between us only. In your initial session I will explain to you about confidentiality as there are one or two rare exceptions, but these are only in place for your own safety and that of others.
Where do the sessions take place?
Currently I am working from Private Health Professionals in Braunton, where there is a quiet, private room. I am also offering sessions from my home in Ilfracombe where I have dedicated room with access from the street via a door separate to our own entrance.
I can also suggest other spaces in neighbouring towns by request, if travelling is a problem.
What do I do now?
What do I do now?
Once you have made the first step to seeking help, like searching for a counsellor, it can be a bit daunting making the next one. If you have any questions, want to make an appointment, or would just like to ask me about what I can offer and when I am available, please just email or call me on the contact details provided. There is absolutely no obligation in this and I understand that you may only be wanting to know a bit more at this point.
If you then decide to go ahead we will discuss where and when suits you and book your first session. During this session, you can tell me about why you are looking for help and what you want to gain from counselling. After our initial appointment, you can decide whether you would like to arrange further sessions - it's really important that you feel comfortable with whoever you choose to see.
I have another question?
Please do not hesitate to get in touch by email or phone if you have any further questions whatsoever. I am happy to have a chat with you before you decide whether you wish to begin counselling.