How do I know if counselling is for me?
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, lost, stuck or can’t quite describe your emotions, that’s completely normal. Everyone goes through stages where we don’t feel 100% right. Talking to a professional counsellor who offers a safe and confidential environment to discuss feelings can really help though.
How do I choose the right counselling service?
Knowing who to choose as your psychotherapist or counsellor is a big decision. There are a number of questions you may want to ask yourself. Is Wilmlsow a convenient location? Do I want to work with a man or a woman? Is this therapist experienced in dealing with my issues? You’re more than welcome to give me a call or email to ask me any questions and find out about my experience and approaches.
I don’t feel like I have a major concern. Could therapy still work?
Yes! In the simplest form, therapy is about talking, communication and person-centred relationships. You don’t have to have suffered with a loss or trauma to benefit from it. From job stress and relationship difficulties to feeling a little flat and just wanting someone to listen, therapy can help you to figure out where your life is heading – and where you want it to go.
Are you qualified?
Yes, I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). This means that I’ve met the level required to be recognised as a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in adult counselling and adult psychotherapy services. I also have a Masters degree (MSc) in Psychology, a diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling, and a diploma in Bereavement Counselling.
What sort of therapy, theory and practice do you use?
I’m a humanistic psychotherapist and use an integrative approach to your therapy. Therefore, the counselling and psychotherapy can include many different therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, Psychoanalysis and Existential. This allows me to create an atmosphere that focuses on your individual needs.
What can I expect during a therapy session?
Your therapy will be guided by you. The session will start with me asking you a few questions about what brought you here and what you’d like to get out of it. It’s completely up to you what we talk about and it may take a few sessions for you to feel comfortable. How many weekly or fortnightly sessions you require is also completely up to you. Some people like to book a short course of 6-12 weeks, others prefer a longer option. We can chat about this though and you’re free to stop whenever you want.
Do you offer parent, adult and child counselling?
Unfortunately, I only offer Cheshire counselling and therapy services to adults. However, I do specialise in therapy for childhood trauma.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Yes, everything we discuss during a psychotherapy or counselling session is confidential. There are a few exceptions, however:
- If you disclose you will cause serious harm to yourself or others
- If I/we believe a child or protected adult is at risk of harm or abuse
- If the courts instruct me to give information
- If you share information about a proposed act of terrorism or other illegal act
- I am required by my professional body to have clinical supervision, and therefore I may discuss some of the things from your sessions. However, identifying details will be removed.
What are your fees?
I charge £60 for a 50 minute session.
How do I book?
If you’d like to find out more about me and my Wilmslow counselling services (BACP registered), or would like to book a session, drop me a message using this link. Alternatively, you can email me at email@example.com or call / text me on 07730 533470.