I think I’d like to come and see a counsellor but I want to know more…
You may have visited a doctor and it has been suggested that you consider counselling. You do not have to ask for a referral and you can make the decision to contact me. It is you who should make the decision as you are the expert on yourself; no-one else can decide for you. If you feel that you can sort things out for yourself and you do not like the idea of talking to a stranger counselling may not be for you. I work with people with a wide variety of issues including depression, bereavement, relationships and work-related topics. If you are uncertain and want to find out more please contact me and we can discuss your situation.
Sessions are usually arranged weekly but when you think you are feeling that you are coping well you may want to come along less often. I find that it is important to develop our relationship by regular meetings at first but we can discuss your needs when we meet and agree a contract. More regular appointments may be possible but please discuss it with me to find out my current availability.
It is important that you feel that you trust me and you can work with me so this session gives you the opportunity to ask questions and find out more. During this session we will talk about why you want to come to counselling, the difficulties you are experiencing and what you want from counselling. I will use an assessment questionnaire (CORE) used widely in the NHS. After our meeting I will confirm that I am able to help you and agree appointment times.
You may make up your mind about counselling during the session or you can telephone 07947 936 845, text, or email me within a week with your decision.
What you talk about is up to you and you do not have to talk about things you are not ready to discuss with me. You are in charge of the agenda, with the exception of review sessions when we check out our progress and consider what to do next.
The introductory session will be between 30 to 50 minutes long and all other sessions will normally be 50 minutes.
You will decide how long you want to come for counselling. Your sessions can be open ended or time limited, whichever is appropriate. When you decide that you would like to finish we will have an ending session to conclude our working together. You are welcome to return in the future if you would like more sessions.
If you have decided that you would like counselling, or that you want more details, please go to the Practicalities page to find out more. I work from rooms in Up Hatherley, Cheltenham, Gloucester. This is not far from junction 10 of the M5 and within easy reach of Gloucester.
You can contact me by telephone, text or email me.
Various factors may affect the well-being of employees and timely intervention, by way of counselling, can be an advantage to both employer and employee. Counselling does not have to be about work-related issues. Employers or health services providers who want to support their employees are welcome to contact me for further information.
I have trained as a person-centred couples counsellor and counsel two people in a relationship. This extends from couples who are married or in a relationship and can include parent and adult child, siblings or other pairs of people.
As with individual work the couple determines the agenda. Couples may be set tasks to do together or asked to discuss topics from our work together. Like individual work I will not tell you what to do but will work together with you on the relationship. I am an independent observer and an unbiased part of the counselling arrangement.