Finding the right counsellor for you is important and it can be difficult to take the first steps.
Here I will talk you through the process of what will happen next.
If you feel like you would like to come to counselling with me, then the first step would be to make contact. This is done by either ringing me, texting or emailing me. If it is necessary to leave a message, then I will aim to be in contact with you within 24hrs of receiving a message.
The next step would be to see if you would like to arrange to meet for an initial session. An initial session is a good way for you to meet me and to begin to see if you feel comfortable speaking with me, I believe that it is really important for you to gain a sense of whether you feel comfortable speaking with me as the therapeutic relationship is a key element of feeling safe and heard. I will ask you to let me know what it is you would like to bring to counselling and what you hope to gain from counselling.
When you make an initial appointment, this can take place either, in person, online or over the phone. (Though at the moment all sessions are taking place online)
An initial session lasts 30mins and there is no obligation to commit beyond.
However, if you decide I am the counsellor for you, we will discuss and arrange a time which is mutually convenient. This will usually mean meeting at the same time each week, it will become your time and will usually remain the same for the duration of our time together. Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and can be short term, up to 6 weeks, or longer term. I do suggest that there is an initial commitment of 6 sessions, as I believe this gives us the opportunity to form the therapeutic relationship. Towards the 6th session we will have an opportunity to review the counselling to see if you would like to continue beyond this point or whether you feel that you have gained what the goals you set out to achieve. There is no set estimation of the duration of the counselling process, and I have worked with clients for short term work, meaning up to 6 sessions, to longer term, meaning open ended.
My training and the way in which I work as a counsellor is Integrative, this means that I have an understanding of different models of counselling and will work with you to tailor the approaches which would benefit you the most. This may be solution focused or more explorative, focusing on issues that are presently in your life situation or issues from your past. I am able to use creativity e.g. drawing and painting as part of the process.
I endeavour to hold a warm, supportive, compassionate and empathetic space for you, where you can speak confidentially, and feel safe, respected and heard without judgment.
My Bristol based counselling practice is situated in Sycamore House, Kingswood and my Stroud based counselling practice is situated on Bisley Road, Stroud.