Why do people seek counselling?
People seek counselling for various reasons, overall it is a space that provides people with an opportunity to talk through and explore difficulties or challenges that they may be finding hard to deal with alone. It is a place that aims to facilitate change and improve well-being
What is your availability?
I have morning, afternoon and evening sessions available
Where are you based?
The Peterhouse Centre, 122 Forest Rise, Walthamstow, E17 3PW
Do you work online?
Yes, I use the platform Zoom but I am also open to skype
What is the initial consultation for?
The initial consultation is for both of us to establish whether I am the right counsellor for you.
We will talk about what has brought you to counselling and discuss the areas that you wish to focus on. We will also discuss what you would like to gain out of the work together.
This will also give you an opportunity to ask me questions about the ways in which I work.
There is no obligation or commitment at this stage, however, the fee for the initial consultation is £30
How long are the sessions for?
Sessions are for 50mins usually once a week
How often should I have sessions for and how long for?
This is dependent on your individual circumstances which can be discussed during your initial consultation or reviewed as our work progresses. I offer either long-term, open-ended or short-term counselling
How do you work?
As an integrative counsellor, I use a variety of approaches in response to your needs. I do believe that we are all unique and so I draw on a number of approaches that help to facilitate a space to explore, cope and overcome the challenges that you are experiencing.
I draw on the person-centred approach which is based on the here and now and encompasses the belief you are the expert. It is a non-directional way of working with the aim of helping you fulfil your full potential.
If you choose, I also include exploring how your past experiences have affected you now which could include your childhood experiences. We can also look at ways that you respond to situations that you feel are unhelpful to you, we may find that they have indeed been helpful for you in the past but are no longer serving you now. This would be based on the psychodynamic approach.
I also bring in elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which focuses on the ways your thoughts, feelings, symptoms and behaviours influence each other. We would explore, in collaboration, unhelpful thinking patterns and strategies and tools that may help to develop more effective coping skills.
If appropriate, I include psychoeducation which is a way of sharing information on mental health and its possible impact on you in order to gain a better understanding of your experience using worksheets, videos and guides. This can help support you in your process and to gain a sense of control.
In addition to talking, I also work creatively, using art and various other creative materials which can help to explore feelings and emotions when words alone are just not enough or can be too difficult to express
Do you review our work together?
Yes, I believe that this is an important part of our work together. We will review the work often to ensure that we are working in ways that are helping you
What are your fees?
Please see the ‘Fees and Contact’ page