The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change
(Carl Rogers, founder of the Person Centred approach to counselling, 1959)
I was drawn to the Person Centred approach to counselling as it shares many of my values. The Person Centred philosophy believes that given the right conditions we all have the ability to heal any inner pain or difficulties we may experience in our lives, and to fulfil our own potential.
I work collaboratively, in an empathic, accepting and respectful manner. It is my belief that you are the expert on yourself, and providing a safe, non-judgemental, supportive space enables you to explore at your own pace, issues and feelings that are troubling you.
I see my role as working alongside you during our sessions, by which I mean really listening to you fully, and try to understand whatever it is you’re struggling with.
Counselling is known as a talking therapy and of course talking (and being heard) is often sufficient in itself as a healing process. However, for some, alternative ways can be additionally helpful as means to expressing ourselves. So I can also offer Mindfulness techniques, and creative ways of working such as drawing, use of natural objects and creative writing.
I offer a flexible way of working suggesting weekly sessions initially if possible, the regularity being ultimately your choice and to suit your needs. Sessions are for one hour, Monday to Friday between 10.30am to 7pm. I can work with you on a short, medium or long term basis, and we will review how you feel the sessions are going at intervals.
My standard fee is £35 per individual and £50 per couple. This is reduced to £25 and £40 respectively for an initial session during which you can decide whether I am the right counsellor for you.
In addition to attending my own regular clinical supervision sessions, I am part of peer supervision groups, and attend short training workshops/courses which all serve to enhance my professional and personal development.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work according to their Ethical Framework.
I am based in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, and work from home.
For further information please refer to my profile on the Counselling Directory website:www.counselling-directory.org.uk putting Prestwich into Search.