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Counselling Page and FAQ's

Here I will answer some of the most regularly asked questions I hear.  Please feel free to contact me if there is anything you would like to ask that I have not mentioned. Any questions are welcome (and no question is a silly one!).

How can counselling can help?

You do not have to reach a crisis point for counselling to be effective and worthwhile. Often life seems to be going along just fine, although, with an undercurrent of 'something', healing can be done before things get any worse. By using my lived experience of being neurodivergent, I can offer a different perspective from the norm, and have a different sort of insight and process.

Counselling is a space where we can explore what hurts, or causes confusion and uncertainty. We can look at what’s going on in your life now, how it compares to previous experiences and can bring about changes to help you live your best life. When life feels the most difficult and challenging, this is often when the most important changes happen.

 

Often we can feel that something is not quite right, or we have a general sense of being unhappy but do not really know why. Sometimes it seems obvious, or there is a specific situation that has led to this. Sometimes you find yourself in a crisis position and no longer know quite how to cope or what to do. Together we can explore all of this and look for understanding and solutions to bring something better. You do not need to know exactly what's wrong in order for the process to start. We will work with this together.

How do I work?

The beginning of our journey is about getting to know each other, understanding how we look at situations, and learning to trust in order to feel ok about working with tough situations.

 

Over time, we will begin to explore deeper-rooted beliefs and behaviours, and look at whether these still serve you. There is no one size fits all way of working, and my approach is tailored to meet the needs of each individual I work with. Sometimes we might bring creative ways of working into the room, as this helps to focus on feelings over thoughts, and this will be offered if it feels right at that moment.

 

How we work together, what we discuss, and any solutions offered will always be about you and your needs. I do not have a set formula for therapy, and the work we do together will shift organically as we get further into your story.

 

Who do I work with?

I work with clients over the age of 18 years, with any number of presenting issues. A high proportion of my client base is neurodivergent, or exploring whether they might be, and this work tends to be slightly different from those who are neurotypical. The main difference is how we look at issues and which solutions are more likely to work. My training has given me many ways of working, which I feel adds many benefits to how we work together and how we might bring about change.

What can you expect once you get in touch?

When you get in touch with me, we might have an initial telephone call, then I will invite you to a short, informal meeting. This gives you a chance to tell me a little about what you would like support with, and to get a feel of whether or not you could feel comfortable working with me. This can either be face-to-face or via video call. 

 

This initial meeting is usually about 20-30 minutes long and we do not need to go too deeply into what brings you to counselling. Our communication can be in whichever form suits you better, such as phone calls, text messages, WhatsApp, or email. I offer a flexible approach and will accommodate your preferences as best I can.

What's the cost and length of sessions?

For individuals, the fee is £60 for 50 minutes.

For couples, the fee is £90 for one hour.

Payment is to be made by cash during each session or by bank transfer 24 hours before our session.

Sessions are usually arranged at the same time and day each week where possible and appropriate. Alternative options can be discussed according to what works better for you.

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