I am an integrative and psychosexual trained therapist. I offer affordable therapy sessions and a safe space to explore and reflect.
Tel: 07985567978

Counselling

We would normally meet for one hour each time. Initial assessments take longer, at an hour and a quarter although you will be charged only for an hour. The purpose of the initial meeting is to assess whether counselling is appropriate to your needs and if I am the right counsellor to work with you. This involves form filling as well as giving you a sense of how I work as a counsellor.

My role as counsellor is to offer you  time to explore and  reflect without being judged, accepting you as you are and then to get to know you, understand who you are, why you are the way you are, what your needs might be and how they could be met in counselling. At our initial meeting I usually ask a lot of questions to find out about you and where you are and issues that brought you to counselling. This includes a little about your past to find out how counselling can help.

My approach

I use an integrative approach drawing on various therapeutic models such as psychodynamic, person centred, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy (SFT)  transcultural models and psychosexual and relationship techniques. Integrative counselling has evolved from a belief that no single model of counselling or psychotherapy is able to provide for the immense complexity of each individual human being. Integration is the process of recognising and valuing the knowledge, skills and insight from different theoretical models.

As a counsellor I value the individuality and uniqueness of each person. I also respond in an individual way to your circumstances and situations. I’m aware of difference and diversity and difference within difference. I welcome each person’s values and have respect of people’s diversity. My experience in counselling includes working with people from a range of different backgrounds and communities;  young and old, male and female, with issues including difficulties with sexual identity, self acceptance and cultural/religious beliefs and expectations. I have also worked with individuals experiencing difficulties meeting their parents’ expectations whilst also finding their own identity in a western culture. Through my training and working with different client groups I have found that clients value counselling when they are comfortable with the counsellor, feel accepted, and have a safe place to explore and build a therapeutic relationship.

These are some of the issues people bring to counselling:

  • depression, anxiety, stress
  • substance misuse/addictions
  • unemployment/work-related issues
  • phobias/ fears
  • bereavement/loss
  • family relationships
  • transcultural/identity issues
  • attachment/relationships
  • integration difficulties
  • learning disabilities
  • gender issues/sexual orientation
  • sexual difficulty for both men and women
  • couple/family therapy