Jonathan Wilkes

Jonathan Wilkes


Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English

Contact information

Phone number
07714 945656

Contact Jonathan

Therapist - Stroud

Stroud GL5
07714 945656
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

** I am currently only offering online sessions via 'Zoom' **


I have flexible availability, so please contact me to see if we can arrange a time for both of us which works.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello. I’m a qualified Psychosynthesis counsellor. As a counsellor I create an atmosphere of safety, warmth, empathy, honesty and unconditional acceptance when I work with clients. I understand that feeling truly listened to, and understood, is a really important part of good counselling.

I also understand that it takes as long as it needs to take for a client to come to trust a therapist. The ‘therapeutic alliance’ grows over time in an organic way, by myself and my client spending time together in session once a week.

It can be a profound experience for someone when they take the risk of communicating something to me that they may not have said to anyone before, and discover that it was safe for them to do so and nothing bad happened.

Psychosynthesis works with the personal and the transpersonal, it takes a holistic view of who we are. It’s a broad and inclusive system which has many different techniques and approaches to work with the personal and transpersonal in ways that can be tailored to you and your needs, as the unique human being that you are.

** If you are considering working with me I am happy to arrange a free 15 minute phone call after we have made initial contact, in order for us to speak briefly to find out what you are looking to get from counselling and what it is like to work with me **

Please get in touch with me either via email or phone, if you wish to know more, thank you.

Jonathan

Practice description

If you are coming to counselling having experienced wounding, pain, trauma, or loss, it would be quite normal for you to become emotional while we work together. I welcome the free expression and release of emotions.

I have found this to be a very important aspect of helpful therapy; to help someone feel and express their emotions, however difficult they may be, while providing a safe and loving container for this process to unfold in.

Psychosynthesis is a very open and adaptable system, so I sometimes use ideas or techniques from other therapeutic systems, depending on what your needs may be.

These include; CBT, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, breathing and meditation practices, body-based awareness techniques and others.

I feel it’s important, at least in long term work, to explore our childhood and come to understand how our early experience, with and around our parents or primary caregivers, has a huge impact on the people we come to be in our adult lives.

Understanding how early experience can lead to the creation of a 'survival personality', which we adopt and operate from later on in life, can bring deep insight. This insight can allow us to make new choices which lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

It’s also normally very helpful, at some point at least, to work with our ‘sub-personalities’ in Psychosynthesis therapy. These are the smaller sub-selves, or ‘parts’ of us, that make up the totality of who we are.

In a counselling session there are other techniques that I may use, if appropriate. These include; dialogue and enquiry, emotional release and catharsis, short meditations, guided visualisations and imagery, creative writing and drawing, role-playing situations, psycho-educational work and many more. 

My first session

If we haven’t worked together before, then our first session together would be an ‘assessment’ session. This is fairly normal procedure when a therapist and client first meet. I would want to know what has brought you to counselling, what you would like to get from it and whether you have any previous experience with other therapists or counsellors.

After this I would need to ask a few basic questions to find out more about your background, in terms of childhood, relationship with family members and important life experiences. I would also normally ask some questions to find out more about your current lifestyle.

I may take some brief notes during this session and after subsequent sessions; any notes I take are always stored in a secure, locked location. You would also be welcome to ask me any questions you may have. This is usually more than enough for an initial assessment.

After this first session we would both have some time to think about whether we feel that it is appropriate and suitable for us to work together. I would contact you to have this conversation with you and if we decide we do want to work together then I would make arrangements with you for our second session.

Please bear in mind, that for you to get a sense of what counselling is and the work that it requires, I would suggest that you commit to at least six sessions with me, before deciding again whether you would like to continue the work. This is enough time for you to derive some therapeutic benefit from the work and also have a sense of what would be possible with longer-term work.

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Eclectic, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Therapist - Bristol

Bristol BS2
07714 945656
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

** I am working mainly online but also have some availability for face to face sessions**

I have flexible availability, so please contact me to see if we can arrange a time for both of us which works.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello. I’m a qualified Psychosynthesis counsellor. As a counsellor I create an atmosphere of safety, warmth, empathy, honesty and unconditional acceptance when I work with clients. I understand that feeling truly listened to, and understood, is a really important part of good counselling.

I also understand that it takes as long as it needs to take for a client to come to trust a therapist. The ‘therapeutic alliance’ grows over time in an organic way, by myself and my client spending time together in session once a week.

It can be a profound experience for someone when they take the risk of communicating something to me that they may not have said to anyone before, and discover that it was safe for them to do so and nothing bad happened.

Psychosynthesis works with the personal and the transpersonal, it takes a holistic view of who we are. It’s a broad and inclusive system which has many different techniques and approaches to work with the personal and transpersonal in ways that can be tailored to you and your needs, as the unique human being that you are.

** If you are considering working with me I am happy to arrange a free 15 minute phone call after we have made initial contact, in order for us to speak briefly to find out what you are looking to get from counselling and what it is like to work with me **

Please get in touch with me either via email or phone, if you wish to know more, thank you.

Jonathan

Practice description

If you are coming to counselling having experienced wounding, pain, trauma, or loss, it would be normal for you to become emotional while we work together. I welcome the free expression and release of emotions.

I have found this to be a very important aspect of helpful therapy; to help someone feel and express their emotions, however difficult they may be, while providing a safe and loving container for this process to unfold in.

Psychosynthesis is a very open and adaptable system, so I sometimes use ideas or techniques from other therapeutic systems, depending on what your needs may be.

These include; CBT, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, breathing and meditation practices, body-based awareness techniques and others.

I feel it’s important, at least in long term work, to explore our childhood and come to understand how our early experience, with and around our parents or primary caregivers, has a huge impact on the people we come to be in our adult lives.

Understanding how early experience can lead to the creation of a 'survival personality', which we adopt and operate from later on in life, can bring deep insight. This insight can allow us to make new choices which lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

It’s also normally very helpful, at some point at least, to work with our ‘sub-personalities’ in Psychosynthesis therapy. These are the smaller sub-selves, or ‘parts’ of us, that make up the totality of who we are.

In a counselling session there are other techniques that I may use, if appropriate. These include; dialogue and enquiry, emotional release and catharsis, short meditations, guided visualisations and imagery, creative writing and drawing, role-playing situations, psycho-educational work and many more. 

My first session

If we haven’t worked together before, then our first session together would be an ‘assessment’ session. This is fairly normal procedure when a therapist and client first meet. I would want to know what has brought you to counselling, what you would like to get from it and whether you have any previous experience with other therapists or counsellors.

After this I would need to ask a few basic questions to find out more about your background, in terms of childhood, relationship with family members and important life experiences. I would also normally ask some questions to find out more about your current lifestyle.

I may take some brief notes during this session and after subsequent sessions; any notes I take are always stored in a secure, locked location. You would also be welcome to ask me any questions you may have. This is usually more than enough for an initial assessment.

After this first session we would both have some time to think about whether we feel that it is appropriate and suitable for us to work together. I would contact you to have this conversation with you and if we decide we do want to work together then I would make arrangements with you for our second session.

Please bear in mind, that for you to get a sense of what counselling is and the work that it requires, I would suggest that you commit to at least six sessions with me, before deciding again whether you would like to continue the work. This is enough time for you to derive some therapeutic benefit from the work and also have a sense of what would be possible with longer-term work.

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Eclectic, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychosynthesis, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Therapist - London

London SE1
07714945656
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

**I am only able to offer online sessions via 'Zoom'**

I have flexible availability, so please contact me to see if we can arrange a time for both of us which works.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello. I’m a qualified Psychosynthesis counsellor. As a counsellor I create an atmosphere of safety, warmth, empathy, honesty and unconditional acceptance when I work with clients. I understand that feeling truly listened to, and understood, is a really important part of good counselling.

I also understand that it takes as long as it needs to take for a client to come to trust a therapist. The ‘therapeutic alliance’ grows over time in an organic way, by myself and my client spending time together in session once a week.

It can be a profound experience for someone when they take the risk of communicating something to me that they may not have said to anyone before, and discover that it was safe for them to do so and nothing bad happened.

Psychosynthesis works with the personal and the transpersonal, it takes a holistic view of who we are. It’s a broad and inclusive system which has many different techniques and approaches to work with the personal and transpersonal in ways that can be tailored to you and your needs, as the unique human being that you are.

** If you are considering working with me I am happy to arrange a free 15 minute phone call after we have made initial contact, in order for us to speak briefly to find out what you are looking to get from counselling and what it is like to work with me **

Please get in touch with me either via email or phone, if you wish to know more, thank you.

Jonathan

Practice description

If you are coming to counselling having experienced wounding, pain, trauma, or loss, it would be normal for you to become emotional while we work together. I welcome the free expression and release of emotions.

I have found this to be a very important aspect of helpful therapy; to help someone feel and express their emotions, however difficult they may be, while providing a safe and loving container for this process to unfold in.

Psychosynthesis is a very open and adaptable system, so I sometimes use ideas or techniques from other therapeutic systems, depending on what your needs may be.

These include; CBT, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, breathing and meditation practices, body-based awareness techniques and others.

I feel it’s important, at least in long term work, to explore our childhood and come to understand how our early experience, with and around our parents or primary caregivers, has a huge impact on the people we come to be in our adult lives.

Understanding how early experience can lead to the creation of a 'survival personality', which we adopt and operate from later on in life, can bring deep insight. This insight can allow us to make new choices which lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

It’s also normally very helpful, at some point at least, to work with our ‘sub-personalities’ in Psychosynthesis therapy. These are the smaller sub-selves, or ‘parts’ of us, that make up the totality of who we are.

In a counselling session there are other techniques that I may use, if appropriate. These include; dialogue and enquiry, emotional release and catharsis, short meditations, guided visualisations and imagery, creative writing and drawing, role-playing situations, psycho-educational work and many more. 

My first session

If we haven’t worked together before, then our first session together would be an ‘assessment’ session. This is fairly normal procedure when a therapist and client first meet. I would want to know what has brought you to counselling, what you would like to get from it and whether you have any previous experience with other therapists or counsellors.

After this I would need to ask a few basic questions to find out more about your background, in terms of childhood, relationship with family members and important life experiences. I would also normally ask some questions to find out more about your current lifestyle.

I may take some brief notes during this session and after subsequent sessions; any notes I take are always stored in a secure, locked location. You would also be welcome to ask me any questions you may have. This is usually more than enough for an initial assessment.

After this first session we would both have some time to think about whether we feel that it is appropriate and suitable for us to work together. I would contact you to have this conversation with you and if we decide we do want to work together then I would make arrangements with you for our second session.

Please bear in mind, that for you to get a sense of what counselling is and the work that it requires, I would suggest that you commit to at least six sessions with me, before deciding again whether you would like to continue the work. This is enough time for you to derive some therapeutic benefit from the work and also have a sense of what would be possible with longer-term work.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Career coaching, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Eclectic, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Therapist - Bristol

Bristol BS8
07714945656
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

** I am working mainly online but also have some availability for face to face sessions**

I have flexible availability, so please contact me to see if we can arrange a time for both of us which works.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello. I’m a qualified Psychosynthesis counsellor. As a counsellor I  create an atmosphere of safety, warmth, empathy, honesty and unconditional acceptance when I work with clients. I understand that feeling truly listened to, and understood, is a really important part of good counselling. 

I also understand that it takes as long as it needs to take for a client to come to trust a therapist. The ‘therapeutic alliance’ grows over time in an organic way, by myself and my client spending time together in session once a week.

It can be a profound experience for someone when they take the risk of communicating something to me that they may not have said to anyone before, and discover that it was safe for them to do so and nothing bad happened.

Psychosynthesis works with the personal and the transpersonal/spiritual, it takes a holistic view of who we are. It’s a broad and inclusive system which has many different techniques and approaches to work with the personal and transpersonal in ways that can be tailored to you and your needs, as the unique human being that you are.

** If you are considering working with me I am happy to arrange a free 15 minute phone call after we have made initial contact, in order for us to speak briefly to find out what you are looking to get from counselling and what it is like to work with me **

Please get in touch with me either via email or phone, if you wish to know more, thank you.

Jonathan

Practice description

If you are coming to counselling having experienced wounding, pain, trauma, or loss, it would be quite normal for you to become emotional while we work together. I welcome the free expression and release of emotions.

I have found this to be a very important aspect of helpful therapy; to help someone feel and express their emotions, however difficult they may be, while providing a safe and loving container for this process to unfold in.

Psychosynthesis is a very open and adaptable system, so I sometimes use ideas or techniques from other therapeutic systems, depending on what your needs may be.

These include; CBT, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, breathing and meditation practices, body-based awareness techniques and others.

I feel it's important, at least in long term work, to explore our childhood and come to understand how our early experience, with and around our parents or primary caregivers, has a huge impact on the people we come to be in our adult lives.

Understanding how early experience can lead to the creation of a 'survival personality', which we adopt and operate from later on in life, can bring deep insight. This insight can allow us to make new choices which lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

It’s also normally very helpful,  to work with our ‘sub-personalities’ in Psychosynthesis therapy. These are the smaller sub-selves, or ‘parts’ of us, that make up the totality of who we are.

In a counselling session there are other techniques that I may use, if appropriate. These include; dialogue and enquiry, emotional release and catharsis, short meditations, guided visualisations and imagery, creative writing and drawing, role-playing situations, psycho-educational work and many more. 

My first session

If we haven’t worked together before, then our first session together would be an ‘assessment’ session. This is fairly normal procedure when a therapist and client first meet. I would want to know what has brought you to counselling, what you would like to get from it and whether you have any previous experience with other therapists or counsellors.

After this I would need to ask a few basic questions to find out more about your background, in terms of childhood, relationship with family members and important life experiences. I would also normally ask some questions to find out more about your current lifestyle.

I may take some brief notes during this session and after subsequent sessions; any notes I take are always stored in a secure, locked location. You would also be welcome to ask me any questions you may have. This is usually more than enough for an initial assessment.

After this first session we would both have some time to think about whether we feel that it is appropriate and suitable for us to work together. I would contact you to have this conversation with you and if we decide we do want to work together then I would make arrangements with you for our second session.

Please bear in mind, that for you to get a sense of what counselling is and the work that it requires, I would suggest that you commit to at least six sessions with me, before deciding again whether you would like to continue the work. This is enough time for you to derive some therapeutic benefit from the work and also have a sense of what would be possible with longer-term work.

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Eclectic, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Therapist - Bristol

Bristol BS6
07714945656
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

** I am working mainly online but also have some availability for face to face sessions**

I have flexible availability, so please contact me to see if we can arrange a time for both of us which works.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello. I’m a qualified Psychosynthesis counsellor. As a counsellor I create an atmosphere of safety, warmth, empathy, honesty and unconditional acceptance when I work with clients. I understand that feeling truly listened to, and understood, is a really important part of good counselling.

I also understand that it takes as long as it needs to take for a client to come to trust a therapist. The ‘therapeutic alliance’ grows over time in an organic way, by myself and my client spending time together in session once a week.

It can be a profound experience for someone when they take the risk of communicating something to me that they may not have said to anyone before, and discover that it was safe for them to do so and nothing bad happened.

Psychosynthesis works with the personal and the transpersonal, it takes a holistic view of who we are. It’s a broad and inclusive system which has many different techniques and approaches to work with the personal and transpersonal in ways that can be tailored to you and your needs, as the unique human being that you are.

** If you are considering working with me I am happy to arrange a free 15 minute phone call after we have made initial contact, in order for us to speak briefly to find out what you are looking to get from counselling and what it is like to work with me **

Please get in touch with me either via email or phone, if you wish to know more, thank you.

Jonathan

Practice description

I'm trained in Psychosynthesis counselling. Psychosynthesis is a holistic or 'spiritual' system of therapy which looks at us in our entirety, our wholeness.

In this system we can work with all of our wounding, pain, trauma and loss and also have our higher potential and abilities seen, nurtured and developed.

If you are coming to counselling having experienced pain, wounding, trauma, or loss, it would be normal for you to become emotional while we work together. I welcome the free expression and release of emotions, whatever they may be.

I have found this to be a very important aspect of helpful therapy; to help someone feel and express their emotions while being a loving witness to this process. 

This usually re-assures a person that it is healthy and safe for them to express what they have been carrying inside them, sometimes for many years.

Psychosynthesis is a very open and adaptable system, so I sometimes use ideas or techniques from other therapeutic systems, depending on what your needs may be. 

These include; CBT, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, breathing and meditation practices, body-based awareness techniques and others. 

Within Psychosynthesis itself, it’s common to work with the principles of ‘love’ and ‘will’, in terms of how a person is able to embody them in their life, in ways that are healthy for them and the people around them. 

It’s also normally very helpful, at some point at least, to work with our ‘sub-personalities’ in Psychosynthesis therapy. These are the smaller sub-selves, or ‘parts’ of us, that make up the totality of who we are. 

In a counselling session there are other techniques that I may use, if appropriate. These include; short meditations, guided visualisations and imagery, creative writing and drawing, role-playing situations, psycho-educational work and many more. 

My first session

If we haven’t worked together before, then our first session together would be an ‘assessment’ session. This is fairly normal procedure when a therapist and client first meet. I would want to know what has brought you to counselling, what you would like to get from it and whether you have any previous experience with other therapists or counsellors.

After this I would need to ask a few basic questions to find out more about your background, in terms of childhood, relationship with family members and important life experiences. I would also normally ask some questions to find out more about your current lifestyle.

I may take some brief notes during this session and after subsequent sessions; any notes I take are always stored in a secure, locked location. You would also be welcome to ask me any questions you may have. This is usually more than enough for an initial assessment.

After this first session we would both have some time to think about whether we feel that it is appropriate and suitable for us to work together. I would contact you to have this conversation with you and if we decide we do want to work together then I would make arrangements with you for our second session.

Please bear in mind, that for you to get a sense of what counselling is and the work that it requires, I would suggest that you commit to at least six sessions with me, before deciding again whether you would like to continue the work. This is enough time for you to derive some therapeutic benefit from the work and also have a sense of what would be possible with longer-term work.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Eclectic, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Therapist - BATH

BATH BA1
07714945656
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

** I am working mainly online but also have some availability for face to face sessions**

I have flexible availability, so please contact me to see if we can arrange a time for both of us which works.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello. I’m a qualified Psychosynthesis counsellor. As a counsellor I create an atmosphere of safety, warmth, empathy, honesty and unconditional acceptance when I work with clients. I understand that feeling truly listened to, and understood, is a really important part of good counselling.

I also understand that it takes as long as it needs to take for a client to come to trust a therapist. The ‘therapeutic alliance’ grows over time in an organic way, by myself and my client spending time together in session once a week.

It can be a profound experience for someone when they take the risk of communicating something to me that they may not have said to anyone before, and discover that it was safe for them to do so and nothing bad happened.

Psychosynthesis works with the personal and the transpersonal, it takes a holistic view of who we are. It’s a broad and inclusive system which has many different techniques and approaches to work with the personal and transpersonal in ways that can be tailored to you and your needs, as the unique human being that you are.

** If you are considering working with me I am happy to arrange a free 15 minute phone call after we have made initial contact, in order for us to speak briefly to find out what you are looking to get from counselling and what it is like to work with me **

Please get in touch with me either via email or phone, if you wish to know more, thank you.

Jonathan

Practice description

If you are coming to counselling having experienced wounding, pain, trauma, or loss, it would be normal for you to become emotional while we work together. I welcome the free expression and release of emotions.

I have found this to be a very important aspect of helpful therapy; to help someone feel and express their emotions, however difficult they may be, while providing a safe and loving container for this process to unfold in.

Psychosynthesis is a very open and adaptable system, so I sometimes use ideas or techniques from other therapeutic systems, depending on what your needs may be.

These include; CBT, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, breathing and meditation practices, body-based awareness techniques and others.

I feel it’s important, at least in long term work, to explore our childhood and come to understand how our early experience, with and around our parents or primary caregivers, has a huge impact on the people we come to be in our adult lives.

Understanding how early experience can lead to the creation of a 'survival personality', which we adopt and operate from later on in life, can bring deep insight. This insight can allow us to make new choices which lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

It’s also normally very helpful, at some point at least, to work with our ‘sub-personalities’ in Psychosynthesis therapy. These are the smaller sub-selves, or ‘parts’ of us, that make up the totality of who we are.

In a counselling session there are other techniques that I may use, if appropriate. These include; dialogue and enquiry, emotional release and catharsis, short meditations, guided visualisations and imagery, creative writing and drawing, role-playing situations, psycho-educational work and many more. 

My first session

If we haven’t worked together before, then our first session together would be an ‘assessment’ session. This is fairly normal procedure when a therapist and client first meet. I would want to know what has brought you to counselling, what you would like to get from it and whether you have any previous experience with other therapists or counsellors.

After this I would need to ask a few basic questions to find out more about your background, in terms of childhood, relationship with family members and important life experiences. I would also normally ask some questions to find out more about your current lifestyle.

I may take some brief notes during this session and after subsequent sessions; any notes I take are always stored in a secure, locked location. You would also be welcome to ask me any questions you may have. This is usually more than enough for an initial assessment.

After this first session we would both have some time to think about whether we feel that it is appropriate and suitable for us to work together. I would contact you to have this conversation with you and if we decide we do want to work together then I would make arrangements with you for our second session.

Please bear in mind, that for you to get a sense of what counselling is and the work that it requires, I would suggest that you commit to at least six sessions with me, before deciding again whether you would like to continue the work. This is enough time for you to derive some therapeutic benefit from the work and also have a sense of what would be possible with longer-term work.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Career coaching, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Eclectic, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited