What is Counselling?
Counselling is form of talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Counselling may help with the following?
a mental health condition, such as anxiety disorder, depression, addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder
an upsetting physical health condition or illness that is causing or is affected by mental illness
a difficult life event, such as a relationship breakdown or work-related stress
difficult emotions – for example, negativity, a lack of resilience, low self-esteem or anger
other issues that have been identified by a GP or other specialist.
At your appointment, you'll be encouraged to talk about triggers, problems, feelings, emotions and behaviour. The therapist will listen, guide and support you without judging or criticising.
Active listening, clear discussion and empathy is the key. The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems. But they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do.
I like to have a no obligation phone chat with the potential client to briefly discussed the problems, the illness, and whether we can work together. If its decided we can, I advise that we book our first session at a convenient time, and the charge for this session is £25 (this is for the firs online session only. It will be £40 for the first face-to-face session).
If we decided that further sessions are required then I would advise five further sessions, with a progress review at the end of the sixth session. I charge £50 per session but there is a discount if sessions 2-6 are booked in advance, (£225) for 5 sessions.
I see clients from across Bristol and Bath in a convenient, comfortable venue. I also have clients from across the UK who have sessions with me via video call. I put a lot of work into my client sessions, before, during and after, so I believe that my prices are very reasonable. However I expect good communication, hard work, punctuality, positivity, the development of good habits and attention to the dimensions of wellness.