As a Counselling Psychologist I work with people experiencing a wide range of challenging life issues including relationship issues, change and transition, moving overseas and relocation, redundancy, bereavement, abuse and trauma, along with a range of mental health diagnoses including depression and anxiety.
What is Counselling Psychology?
'Counselling Psychologists work with the individual’s unique subjective psychological experience to empower our client’s recovery and alleviate distress.' (BPS)
Counselling is a form of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe and confidential setting.
Talking therapies can be referred to by many names, often used interchangeably, including counselling (counseling), psychotherapy, therapy, psychology, or by a specific type of therapy such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Humanistic therapy or Psychodynamic therapy.
'Counselling psychologists work collaboratively with people, to treat a wide range of issues, including helping people manage difficult life events (such as bereavement), past and present relationships and helping people with mental health issues and disorders. Counselling psychologists examine a person's experience and explore underlying issues. They use an active, collaborative relationship with patients to empower people to change a certain behaviour, and use a holistic stance, which involves examining the issues a person is facing, within the wider context of what has given rise to them.' (NHS UK)
How I work
I place great importance on the collaborative nature of therapy and on the power of the relationship between the therapist and client.
The counselling I offer is based on a belief that you are an expert on your life (even if you don’t feel like it) and my role is to help you make best use of your experience and understanding. This means that I try to be as flexible as possible in responding to your needs. Whilst I am trained in Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approaches to counselling, I am open to exploring different ways of working with clients to discover what is most helpful.
Some of the issues clients choose to focus on in therapy include:
- Talking through an issue in order to make sense of what has happened, and to put things into perspective
- Making sense of a specific problematic event that sticks in the mind
- Problem-solving, planning and decision making
- Changing behaviour
- Negotiating a life transition or developmental crisis
- Dealing with difficult feelings and emotions
- Finding, analysing and acting on information
- Undoing self-criticism and enhancing self-care
- Dealing with difficult or painful relationships
(From: Cooper, M and McLeod, J. (2011) Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sage)
When you first contact me I will offer an appointment time for a first session at my practice at the Tasta Helseloft. I will send you details of how to find the Helseloft and confirm the appointment date and time.
The first session lasts for 90 minutes and is in part about setting up the way we will work together. I will ask quite a lot of questions in this session and we will think together about what has bought you for counselling and what you would like to get from it.
After that we will probably plan to meet once a week, for 50 minutes, for a number of weeks and then review how things are going.
I am happy to work in the short, medium or long term depending on your needs, and we can negotiate this together and review our progress on a regular basis.
I offer reduced price sessions for those on low incomes, such as students or the unemployed, who would otherwise not be able to afford counselling.