Counselling and The Way I Work
"The wound is where the Light enters you" - Rumi
Counselling and psychotherapy provide an opportunity to explore life's challenges in a safe environment, with someone who is professionally trained to recognise underlying dynamics and support that person towards whatever change may help them. I believe that each person already has an underlying knowledge and capacity to find their own healing path, and that counselling and psychotherapy can help in that process. There are also certain situations that may be new to the individual, such as dealing with a life changing diagnosis, loss or bereavement, where I am already familiar with the landscape and can offer to be a guide along the way.
Whilst counselling is often referred to as a talking therapy, I use a variety of approaches tailored to individual needs and learning styles, including:
- Mindfulness techniques - Diaries - Creative media - Written exercises - Visualisation work -
If you choose to contact me, we will have an initial free telephone call to establish briefly what is concerning you, and whether it falls within my range of expertise. If so, the subsequent meeting will take place at one of the venues in which I work. This gives us an opportunity to see if you feel comfortable with me, and for me to hear your concerns and hopes in more detail. All being well, we would then arrange regular sessions. The timings and fees for these meetings are detailed below. The premises I use for counselling are near Barham, within easy reach of Canterbury, Folkstone and Dover, both by road and by bus.
Individuals (50 minutes): £50 per session
Couples (75 minutes): £75 per session
Reduced fees available in 2018 for members of the Canterbury Cancer Care Club, both relatives and those who have been through treatment, for up to 12 sessions each. This reduced fee is £30 per session.
Sessions are usually confidential, but it is worth knowing that occasionally there are exceptions in order to make sure people are safe and that the counselling is being provided in line with professional good practice.. These include situations where I believe that someone may hurt themselves or someone else is in danger. This would generally involve contact with that person's GP, and wherever possible with the person's agreement.