- Phone number
- 07856 391 722
- Flexible hours available
- Available for home visits
- Concessionary rates
My usual hours of work are 8am to 8pm on Mondays , Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
8am to 11am on Saturdays
About me and my therapy practice
When life proves challenging, it can help to talk things through with someone who is not closely involved in your life. I offer client centred counselling, giving time and space for clients to explore their issues in their own way, at their own pace. You will be the focus of our every meeting, from the very beginning until you decide it is the right time to end your therapy.
An initial, free, 30 minute chat on the phone will help you to decide for yourself whether you feel counselling is appropriate for you. To arrange this, simply contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org ), text or phone. Leave your phone number, name, and some idea of when you can be available. If you are comfortable to do so, you may explain a little of what brings you to look for help. I will get back to you within a few days with a suggested time for me to call you. We will go from there.
I charge £40 per session. Payment is preferably by bank transfer. If this is not possible I can accept cheques or cash for in person sessions. I will give you the details you will need at the start of your therapy.
Sessions last an hour, and are at the same time each week. I can allow some flexibility for shift workers, planned holidays, illness and childcare.
Phone and online work well for many people, providing you have a private, safe and confidential place to be during the sessions. I also offer Walk and Talk sessions, meeting in a public open space which is convenient to both of us. Please do ask me if you would prefer a home visit; this will depend on how far I would need to travel.
I work from my home in East Dorset using Phone or Online. Walk and Talk is in a mutually convenient and safe public space that allows a private conversation while appreciating the natural environment. I hope that by offering a choice of methods of meeting therapy is more accessible for anyone with mobility issues, childcare responsibilities or varying shift patterns at work.
As a registered member of BACP, I work within their Ethical Framework. This gives guidance to keep us safe in our work, and you may look at this on the BACP website.
I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, and since qualifying have gained a great deal of experience as a volunteer counsellor with a local charity working with adults on a range of issues including anxiety, depression, bullying, trauma, career and other life decisions, parenthood, OCD.
Taking a calm approach, I aim for sessions to be warm, safe, confidential, and non-judgmental. You will be able to explore your concerns in the order and at a pace which suits you. Sometimes there is more said in a silence than in a hundred words, and we will work together to find a way you can be comfortable in silence as you sort out your thoughts and feelings.
I work from a Christian point of view, using a Humanistic Integrative approach which uses ideas from a range of therapeutic theories including Person Centred, CBT, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, and Eco-therapy. We will discover what works for you slowly and carefully, choosing appropriate ideas depending on what you bring to the sessions.
You will choose what you share in our sessions, and this remains between us. I will respect your privacy, with any notes kept securely and separately from any identifying information. You can find further information regarding privacy on the ICO website.
My first session
During our initial 30 minute chat we can start to get to know each other and decide if, how, and when, we meet. You will have the chance to ask me about anything you need to know before making the decision to continue.
I will also advise you about how to pay, and discuss a contract with you which I will send and ask you to sign, or formally accept by email, before our second paid session. This will help both of us work effectively and safely. It covers such things as timeliness, payments, confidentiality, and how we stay safe in our work together.
In this, and the first paid session, I will be asking you for some personal details, including your date of birth, any relevant medical and family history, your GP, and emergency contact details.
You will be able to tell me what brings you to counselling and how you hope the sessions will help you. Sometimes it is helpful to have specific goals from the start, or maybe your hopes will become more apparent as you work on your current problems. There is no one size fits all. This is about you.
You may be wondering how many sessions you might need. I can only say that while many clients come for 6 or more sessions, sometimes a single session is enough to help you turn a corner and find your own way forward.
In accessing counselling you will be taking a decision to look after yourself a little better, and I hope I will be able to help you to do just that.
What I can help with
Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited