The best candidate for counselling is someone who is curious to learn more about themselves. You don't already have to be able to understand yourself, just to be open.
I work with people of all ages, from 20s to 80s.
The counselling process
The counselling journey is different for everyone but in terms of how it works week-to-week, I have a set process.
We begin with a free initial meeting over the phone. That allows us to meet and gives you an opportunity to decide whether you want to work with me.
For most people, we will start counselling the week after our initial phone meet.
What happens during counselling?
After our initial meeting, we'll set a regular time that works for both of us. You can choose to have counselling over the phone, on Zoom or in person at my consultation room in Horsforth. Sessions last around 50 minutes.
In the first session we'll both agree our approach to counselling and our expectations - our commitment to one another.
The clients who make the best progress are the ones who are open to making changes. Partly that is building our counselling relationship each week, and partly it's doing the work in between sessions, to try out the things we've discussed.
How long does it go on for?
Everyone is different so I don't impose a specific timeframe for counselling. But it's important to review your progress regularly.
Often we'll have five sessions together and review our progress on the sixth week. This gives us time to celebrate how far you've come and plan our next steps.
How does it end?
A lot of people struggle with endings! In counselling, our hope is to achieve what we set out to do and we check on this in the review sessions.
Counselling ends with a final session to reflect on the progress we have made and recognise what you have achieved.
This doesn't mean it's finished! We can always book more sessions in together if we choose.