What will counselling be like?
I trained as a counsellor with Relate and work within a well-established integrative framework, drawing on psychodynamic, systemic and cognitive behavioural (CBT) therapies in order to tailor my approaches to meet your individual needs. What does this mean in practice?
If you decide to contact me (by email, text or phone) I will endeavour to answer you as soon as possible. We can then set up an introductory session where we can discuss the issues you bring and consider what you hope to get out of counselling. This will act as a joint assessment where we can decide whether we feel comfortable to work together and confirm that your issues are within my area of expertise. If you feel happy to continue we can set up a second meeting and make arrangements for ongoing sessions. I will provide you with a clear contract for our future work together.
Whether you are coming as an individual or for couple counselling we will begin to explore and work through the issues you have identified as well as others which may come up in the course of the work. Over time we will look ahead to the options open to you. My aim will be to provide a safe space for you to talk and be heard in a non-judgmental way. In the case of couples, I will endeavour to give each of you a fair opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings. I will build in regular reviews in which you can consider your progress in relation to your original goals. You can then decide whether to end or continue with counselling.
This will be negotiated with you so that counselling sessions end when you feel ready. Endings can be carefully managed so that you feel confident to move forwards in your life. Clients typically state that the counselling has helped them to explore their situations in more depth, to develop an increased awareness of the options open to them and support positive changes for the future.
My central Harpenden counselling room is easily accessible from nearby towns of St. Albans, Luton, Hemel Hempstead and Welwyn, as well as surrounding villages such as Redbourn and Wheathampstead. In the current situation I am working with clients online and by phone to safeguard against the COVID-19 virus.