COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY IN
Individual, couples and family therapy
(MA, PGDIP COUNS.)
I am a BACP registered counsellor/psychotherapist experienced in working with adults, young people, couples and families in the UK and internationally. I have an MA in Counselling and a Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling Skills, both from the University of East Anglia. I am also trained in couples therapy, family therapy and play therapy.
WHAT DO I OFFER?
I offer understanding, warmth and acceptance combined with a professional and conscientious service. My approach to therapy is predominantly person-centred as I believe that my clients know themselves best and, given the right support and conditions, have an innate capacity to thrive. My job is to provide a strong and caring therapeutic relationship in order to help them to do this. I work to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice and am bound by their Code of Ethics and Practice, a copy of which can be found at www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/. I work either online via video link or face-to-face at my private and peaceful practice rooms in Thorndon, Mid-Suffolk. By offering an empathic and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship, I enable clients to explore what is going on for them, helping them to process their thoughts and feelings and to move positively forward. My clients can look at aspects of their lives that they might ordinarily hide knowing that they will be accepted unconditionally and feeling secure in the knowledge that whatever they talk about will be treated with confidentiality.
FACE TO FACE THERAPY
In a private and peaceful setting
Face-to-face counselling takes place in my counselling room in Thorndon, a lovely village in Mid-Suffolk. The room is very comfortable and private, overlooking green fields and is large enough to accommodate up to four people remaining socially distant. Before each session the room and the adjoining bathroom are cleaned and disinfected.
My address: Win Nook, The Street, Thorndon, IP23 7JN. The cottage has parking available on the drive you can see in the photo, please let me know if you intend to bring more than one car. As you go up the verandah steps, the counselling room door is to the right.
I’m happy to provide online counselling and currently work with clients internationally and in the UK who choose to access therapy in this way. Having lived in South East Asia, China and the Middle East, I have positive experiences of working with people from a wide range of different countries, cultures and faiths. I also have first-hand experience of the opportunities and challenges of expat life. I currently use Skype, Zoom and Google-meet, but am happy to use whichever platform you feel most comfortable with. In order for online counselling to be effective, it is important that you find a private space where you can’t be overheard and won’t be interrupted. Ideally, you should also have a telephone available in order to be able to carry on with the session if connection is lost.
YOUR FIRST VISIT
During our first session we will discuss what has brought you to therapy and what you are hoping to gain from it. We will also talk about how it might work for you and think about a time-frame although this will, of course, be flexible. I will also answer any questions you might have about the therapeutic approach that I use.
The relationship between counsellor and client is one of the main factors in successful therapy so I will suggest that before booking a second session you give yourself a few days to think about whether I am the 'best' therapist for you. If you decide that it does feel right for us to work together you can then contact me via email or telephone and we can arrange a regular time and day of the week that works for you.
CONTINUING AND ENDING
The duration of the therapeutic process will depend on the type of difficulty or problem that you are facing. Some clients prefer to work with an open contract deciding session by session whether they need to continue, others prefer to work with a a fixed number of sessions. Whether you have a fixed or open contract, we will review how things are going after every sixth session.
Our aim when we start working together is that there will come a time when you feel you no longer need therapeutic support. It is good to be aware of when this might be happening and then to plan an ‘ending’. We will identify a final session date and use this to discuss your progress, things that have be useful for you and any future goals you might have. This doesn’t have to mean ‘the end’ though, if you have any set-backs or feel the need to talk of course I will be happy to arrange future sessions