What is Counselling?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP defines counselling as a process that takes place in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life; or loss of a sense of direction and purpose.
By listening attentively and patiently the counsellor can begin to perceive the difficulties from the client's point of view and can help them to see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective.
Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change or of reducing confusion. It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action.
A counsellor may help the client to examine in detail the behaviour or situations which are proving troublesome and to find an area where it would be possible to initiate some change as a start. The counsellor may help the client to look at the options open to them and help them to decide the best for them.
How long do sessions last for?
Sessions are usually at a set time each week, last for 50 minutes, starting and finishing on time.
How much does counselling cost?
I charge £40 for a 50 minute session. Some concessionary rates may be available.
How is counselling regulated?
My registration details may be verified on the BACP 'Find a Therapist' Directory and the NHS Directory for Alternative and Complimentary Therapists. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to the Ethical Framework of Good Practice including the complaints procedure. I have regular supervision in line with BACP registration requirements and have full professional indemnity insurance.