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. This may take time, and be painful to get in touch with your emotions, but being really listened to by someone who is able to empathise with and support you through this process, can be unburdening and liberating. For some, alternative ways can be additionally helpful as means to expressing yourself. So I can also offer Mindfulness techniques, and creative ways of working such as drawing, use of natural objects and creative writing.
I will be undertaking a 4 day residential course in September 2018: Taking Therapy Outside, which will enable me to offer adapting our work outside in the natural world – nature can have a profoundly therapeutic impact on our emotions, providing us with new and healing insights.
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 £40 per individual and £55 per couple. Some concessionary rates are available and I offer a 50%reduction for an initial session.
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.