Phone Number: 01473 379562
What happens at my first appointment?
At your first appointment, we get to meet each other and see if we are comfortable working with each other. It starts as an informal chat, where I get to explain to you how I work and how things like confidentiality are managed. I will answer any questions you have and there is a small amount of paperwork to complete.
Don’t panic, it is a simple contact form containing your name, address, contact details and how you would like to be contacted on the rare occasion I may have to. If you are comfortable I will ask for someone you trust that I can contact in an emergency and your GP details. I will never contact you in any way that may make you uncomfortable.
Next, I will go through my contract, and I will give you a copy to take away and read so you have time to decide if I am the right person for you before you sign it. It will contain a second sheet where you can look for other counsellors if you so desire.
When that is done we will work at your pace, I sometimes give clients a whiteboard and pen so they can draw diagrams as it is sometimes easier than explaining complicated relationships. At the end of the session you wipe it clean and then it cannot be accessed by anyone else.
We will arrange your next session before you leave.
About our Services
Counselling isn’t about giving advice or me telling you what to do, it’s exploring thoughts and feelings about issues and concerns enabling you to move forward and find clarity. Some counsellors use just one type of approach, but I use the four main proven approaches used within counselling – psychodynamic, humanistic, gestalt and cognitive-behavioural. This gives you the opportunity for you to decide how you would like to work. It gives me the flexibility to work with you in a way that flows and enables you to make better understood choices when moving towards your personal goals. If you wish to have integrative counselling ring us on 01473 379562 or go to our contact us form.
Please see www.bacp.co.uk and www.counselling-directory.org.uk to find further information on counselling approaches.
NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming:
NLP is a great way of helping you overcome phobias, anxiety, bad habits and stress. It uses language to change the way you think about the things that cause a problem. It is a good tool to learn and then apply to other problems you may encounter in your life. If you wish to have NLP ring us on 01473 379562 or go to our contact us form.
Once you have untangled the past and sorted the here and now, it is a great time to plan the future. A future you want for you. Life coaching gives you skills, looks at options, teaches you how to stay on track. It can help you stick to a diet, or learn how to budget, find the courses your new dreams may need to qualify you and teaches you how to eliminate the bad habits and create new good ones. If you wish to have life coaching ring us on 01473 379562 or go to our contact us form.
Client questions and answers
Q: I feel so lost, my partner recently left me and now I just do not know who I am or where I go from here?
A: Working through those raw emotions will be a great start, it will allow you the freedom and space to look at what you really want for the future.
Q: I cannot see a way through this, everything is going wrong! I need action not talking about it, so how will this help me?
A: Talking through everything with someone who is not emotionally involved you can start to untangle the things you can control from those you cannot. We can then come up with flexible ways to help you gain control.
Q: I get anxious all the time, it is so bad I do not go out with my friends and I cannot sleep at night.
A: Anxiety is very common and we have some great ways of helping you gain control and put anxiety in the past.
Q: My daughter is becoming a teenager and I really worry about how much freedom she wants, she will not listen and does not believe me how dangerous the world can be.
A: Counselling is a safe place to look at your fears and find new ways to communicate and compromise with your daughter, enabling you to build a trusting and closer relationship.
Our number is 01473 379562
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C.A.L.L. (Community Advice and Listening Line)
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