Counselling and what to expect

Why Have Therapy?

At some point in life, most of us experience emotional difficulties that can feel unmanageable, confusing or overwhelming. At these times, we can feel very alone and isolated with our worries. When people have problems or feeling distressed, it helps to talk about it, and therapists are specially trained to listen and understand each individuals distress. Evidence shows psychological therapies do help.

What sorts of issues are appropriate for counselling?

Counselling can be helpful with a wide variety of issues that many of us experience in life. These may include some of the following: Anxiety, Stress, Grief, Bereavement, Depression, Low Moods, Relationship Difficulties, Divorce & Seperation, Loneliness, Isolation, Self-harm, feeling of pointlessness & helplessness, Low self-esteem, Transitional issues, stages of life. We may need support during times of crisis or through important life changes.

What is Person-Centred Therapy?

Devised by Carl Rogers and also called "Client-Centred" or "Rogerian"  counselling, this is based on the assumption  that  a client  seeking help in the resolution of a problem they are  experiencing, can enter into a relationship with a counsellor  who is sufficiently accepting and permissive to allow the client to freely express any emotions and feelings. This will enable the client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The objective is for the client to become able to see himself as a person, with the power and freedom to change, rather than as an object.

How Counselling Works?

Counselling and psychotherapy involve a series of regular meetings in which we will work together to explore and understand what is troubling you. It's a collaborative process, tailored to your individual needs. I don't give advice, but I can think with you about your situation and help you find your own solutions.

What Happens in a Session?

Sessions last 60 minutes and will offer you the opportunity to reflect on how you think, feel and respond to life events. In a professional and supportive environment, you can discuss past experiences, current challenges or your hopes for the future. Through talking with a qualified and experienced therapist, you can gain self-awareness and explore your potential.

How many Sessions will I need?

I offer both short-term and long-term work with individuals, couples and organisations. Some clients need specific, focused and short term help and some may wish to explore deeper issues and the work may be over a longer period of time.

How much will it cost?

Please see fees page for further information

What is Registration & Accreditation with a professional body?

Being registered and accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

When are appointments available?

I will try to provide an appointment time which is convenient for you. Daytime and evening appointments are available.

Monday mornings, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings

Telephone appointments and Online Video appointments also available

What can I expect from our first session together?

Finding the right therapist to suit your personal needs might be the most difficult thing that you ever do. Before choosing your counsellor, you may want to meet with more than one, so that you can decide which style would "fit" best for you.  I offer an initial assessment session where you can make your mind up if my style of work can meet your needs. There will be time for me to explain Counselling in more depth and also for you to ask any questions you may have. It will also give you chance to explain what brought you to Counselling and what you would like to gain from our work together. You may not know what you want but even so, this will give us an opportunity to see if Counselling is right for your present situation. As with many aspects of Counselling, you are in control and so there is no pressure or obligation to continue after this session, the choice remains with you.

What about Confidentiality?

I have a confidentiality policy and will explain the policy in detail at the initial consultation session. Information will not be disclosed to others outside the therapeutic setting without the client's knowledge and consent, except in rare legal circumstances or where there is a serious risk of actual harm to the client or others. If you have any complaint about my work, this should be directed to the BACP, the governing body responsible for issues of professional conduct.

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What do I do if I need help in between sessions?

If you need help and support in between sessions, there are several support services available including;

  • The Samaritans – 116 123

  • Papyrus - 0800 068 4141

  • The Crisis Team (Chorley) - 01772 773433

  • The Start team - 01772 676173 (9am-5pm Monday-Friday)

  • The Haven Preston (mental Health support) - 0330 008 3672

  • SANEline – (Out of hours mental health support 4:30pm – 10:30pm) –0300 304 7000

Still have more questions? Get in touch and I’ll be happy to answer them as soo