After you have contacted me we can arrange for you to come along for an 'Introductory Session'. The purpose of this session is to give us both an opportunity to meet each other and find out a little about each other. You will have an opportunity to tell me why you want to come for counselling and explore what you hope to achieve from counselling. For my part I will be assessing what your need is from counselling and what is my best approach for working with you. My style of working is best described as 'Integrative' meaning that I take from a variety of different therapeutic approaches to offer a personal, individual means of support for you. At the Introductory Session you will also have an opportunity to decide if you want to enter into a counselling relationship with me. If you do we then have a small amount of paperwork to go through, negotiate a fee and agree our counselling contract.
We will then be entering into a formal counselling relationship, this means we have agreed to work together until you feel you have achieved what you want to from counselling, or feel you have gone as far as you need to. We will meet on a regular basis for one hour, usually weekly, although we may sometimes agree a longer gap between sessions. I will not offer advice or tell you what you should do but instead help you to discover for yourself what is your own best way of dealing with your situation. I may suggest exercises or tasks for you to do inbetween sessions with your co-operation.
As I have mentioned elsewhere on these pages, I am an Accredited member of the Bristish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I hope that this demonstrates how seriously I take my role as a Therapist. I try to demonstrate my ethical approach in my work but always try to balance this with also being genuine and letting you see the person behind the therapist.
For details of my fees please see the page 'How much does it cost?'
For more information please contact me -
Phone: 0161 225 6713 or 07887 564127