Before we agree to work together, I offer a free 20 minute phone call so you can tell me what brings you to counselling, what you are struggling with and what you would like to achieve. I will ask about you, your background and your experiences so I can work out if I am the most suitable counsellor for your needs. This is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about counselling and for us both to see if we are a good therapeutic fit to work together.
If we are both happy to work together, we will then arrange your first appointment. During this first appointment, I will also spend some time finding out more about you and your situation before any counselling can begin. This enables us to begin to build a strong therapeutic relationship which I believe is essential for counselling to work effectively.
As a person centred counsellor, the way in which I work is always informed by you and that the relationship we build is the most important part of the counselling process. Our sessions are led by you; you bring the issues you want to discuss to each session and you determine the direction we take and the pace we go at. I do not offer advice, make interpretations or offer solutions to your problems. Instead, I encourage you to express your feelings and thoughts without interruption, judgment, or interpretation. This helps you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and your experiences, leading to increased self-awareness and personal growth.
My approach to counselling is integrative, which just means that I can draw upon a range of approaches to help you achieve your goals. Every client is unique, so an integrative approach provides you with a tailored approach to counselling, focused on your specific needs and goals.
Couples counselling can be effective in helping couples improve their relationship, build stronger connections, and develop healthier communication skills. It provides a safe and non-judgmental space for couples to work through their issues and learn how to navigate challenges in their relationship.
I provide Employee Counselling for a variety of organisations. Whether you have employees who are struggling with work related issues or may be dealing with more personal issues that are impacting them at work, counselling offers a space to talk through their experience, improve their wellbeing and can help them find a way forward.
Clinical supervision provides you with guidance, support and healthy challenge to ensure that you are providing the highest quality of care to your clients and to promote your ongoing personal and professional development.
During clinical supervision, we will discuss your work with clients and explore your feelings and reactions to client situations. I may also provide guidance on ethical and legal issues, assist with professional development and offer encouragement and support.
In short, clinical supervision is essential for you to ensure that you are providing safe, ethical, and effective care to your clients while also promoting your personal and professional development.
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