Is Counselling Right For Me?
There are many different reasons why people access counselling. Sometimes people seek help with psychological or mood problems such as depression or anxiety or because they are seeking behavioural change such as improving communications within relationships. At other times we can find ourselves in difficult situations due to life changes, such as separation, illness or work transition. Others approach psychotherapy with a view to gaining deeper understanding and personal growth; somewhere they can explore life's deeper questions. If you are interested in cultivating a life with more insight, flexibility and resilience, then therapy can be of great benefit.
Counselling does require commitment and can be challenging at times but you will be supported emotionally as you move through the stages. If it transpires that the time is not quite right for you, we can discuss this with a view to determining whether you would be better placed to take advantage of what counselling has to offer at a later date. The door is always open.
Is Counselling Confidential?
Yes, everything we discuss is strictly confidential. There are however a number of exceptions to this confidentiality rule which are:
Furthermore, in keeping with professional and ethical guidelines, I have regular clinical supervision to discuss my work with my clients. These consultations are also confidential and clients are anonymised to protect privacy.
Can I Book An Initial Session?
Yes. I offer a free initial appointment by telephone where we can assess what you would like to bring and to gain from counselling and how we can work together. Our first session is always about getting to know each other and painting a better picture of your therapeutic needs. From there, each session is customized around your weekly needs and goals to help you optimize your time in therapy.
This is also an opportunity for you to decide if you are ready for therapy and able to benefit from everything it has to offer. There is no obligation for further sessions.
Where Does Counselling Take Place?
I offer Online sessions via Doxy.me which requires no software downloads on your part and is a platform especially designed to respect and protect the unique confidentiality needs of clients.
My private practice is based in South West Chesterfield, within easy reach of Baslow, Matlock, Wingerworth and Clay Cross. There is a narrow path and a step on the approach to my external counselling room; parking is freely available on the road. I am flexible and am able to make alternative arrangements for you if this does not suit your presenting difficulty or if accessibility is an issue. I am happy to visit clients at home within a reasonable distance if there is a suitably quiet space where we can work together uninterrupted.
What Is Your Availability?
Appointments are available during the day and until 8:00pm Monday to Thursday. I will endeavour to offer you an appointment as soon as I can to fit in with the time and day we are both available. I limit my caseload so that I can practice at optimum effectiveness and safety so occasionally there will be a waiting list. In the event of my being unable to see you when you require, I am happy to offer an initial session and work with you to decide the best way forward.
What Are Your Fees?
My rates are £40 for a full hour. I accept payment by cash, card, BACS or cheque.
Reduced rates are also available; please contact me for further details.
If you are a student counsellor seeking psychodynamic therapy please contact me regarding discounted rates.