Yes, it can. Counselling gives you a place where you’re not judged, you’re not told what to do, and you won’t be forced to listen to just one single opinion. I want to give you a place to feel safe to share about yourself. Therapy takes some work at times and I won’t lie, it can get uncomfortable. But, I feel that most people leave counselling feeling like the time and energy they put into therapy was well worth it.

I understand that taking the first step to begin counselling can feel daunting. I offer a confidential, safe, non-judgemental space in which you can talk about emotions and thoughts that you may not have been able to express before. My aim is to provide a supportive therapeutic relationship where you experience warmth, empathy and understanding.

I offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation for people interested in therapy.  My fee is £40 per session.  Concessions and block bookings can be negotiated. I believe that counselling should be available to all so I offer those on low incomes or benefits a concessionary rate – this starts at £25 for a daytime session only.

Sessions are usually weekly. The amount of sessions agreed will be dependent on the issues you bring but we usually start at six weeks with a review and a view to extend if needed.

Our first session is an opportunity for us to meet and decide if I could be of help to you and if you feel comfortable with me.  After our first meeting I will ask you to take some time to think about how you feel and contact me when you are ready.

There is no right answer to this question. It varies enormously, and largely depends on how much work you feel you can do right now on the issues that you want to bring to counselling. The time you might want to spend attending counselling sessions does not necessarily reflect on the degree of difficulty you are experiencing. It’s an individual thing. Counselling can be both time-limited and open-ended according to your needs.

The majority of professional counsellors are members of one or more professional bodies like the (BACP). A professional body such as the BACP will check a counsellor’s qualifications before including their name on their register of qualified counsellors. I adhere to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Code of Ethics, my BACP member number is 51174

There are a few ways that you may go about figuring that out. One way is the “you’ll know when you know” method. It’s important to feel like you connect with someone if they’re going to be your counsellor. The therapeutic relationship is the connection and relationship developed between the therapist and client over time. Without the therapeutic relationship, there can be no effective or meaningful therapy.

Another option is to do a little research and see if anyone specializes in the problems that are bringing you to therapy. That can be really valuable. Most therapists offer consultations to determine if they will be a good fit for you. I offer a free 15-minute consultation for people interested in therapy.

In the end, it really is your decision, and it’s one that you are definitely able to make! If nothing else, you deserve to decide on your therapist. For parents, it’s going to be the best bet to let your teen have plenty of input in choosing their therapist.