We all go through difficult times in our life and unfortunately we are conditioned by society to keep our problems to ourself, put on a brave face and continue as though nothing is wrong. We are left to carry the burden of our problems alone, often to our detriment and over time we can become immersed in feelings or situations that seem to have no resolution or ending.Within the safety of a respectful, honest and confidential relationship the process of describing your difficulties can begin and a sense of clarity will emerge. My role is to help you to understand yourself, so that you become aware of the unconscious patterns and automatic thoughts that are occurring in your everyday life. These patterns and thoughts affect your attitude and behaviour towards yourself and others, by understanding these reflex processes it is possible to make choices and changes which were previously unavailable to you. The aim of counselling is to increase self awareness, self reliance and to resolve difficult feelings with the intention to bring about effective change to enhance well being and quality of life. I normally offer counselling sessions in a face to face setting. Due to the current situation with Coronavirus and the restrictions that require social distancing I am offering online video counselling sessions using Zoom video conferencing software. Zoom is an established, secure platform used by many online therapists.Learn More
Online counselling follows the same fundamental principles as face-to-face counselling. It provides a secure alternative if circumstances prevent us from meeting in person. Instead of a weekly appointment where we meet face to face, we hold the sessions remotely from our own separate locations. Online counselling is a way for you to engage in counselling using internet technology such as video conferencing, email, or online chat services. You direct your counselling by selecting the method of communication you feel most comfortable with, you chose the time, the place and the pace of your counselling to suit your needs. The confidentiality and security of your therapy remains a central to all part of the process.Learn More
I will send you my information sheet about Counselling and Online Counselling.Please read this carefully and make a note of any questions you have. I shall also send you a copy of my Counselling Agreement and my Privacy Statement. Please read through these and again make a note of any questions you have about these documents.
After you have had an opportunity to read all the information we will arrange an assessment session which will take up to an hour, this is provided free of charge, it is a good ideal to meet with a few therapists to be sure you are making the choice that is best for you.This session it is an opportunity to get a sense of each other and a feel for whether we could work together. We will also discuss any concerns you have about getting started and I will try to answer any questions you may have.
If you feel ready to start your counselling after our introductory session I will send you a Counselling Agreement to sign , along with a GDPR Form and Contact Details Form to complete. This will be sent to you by Docusign, which will be password protected to ensure confidentiality. Once you have completed the forms they will be automatically returned to me and you will also be sent a copy of the completed and signed Forms.
When I have received your signed Agreement , GDPR Form and Contact Details I shall contact you to arrange our first session. These documents will be stored on paper and kept in a locked filing cabinet to avoid digitally storing your sensitive data..
I shall send you a password protected confidential email which will include a browser link to access your first session. I shall guide you through this process if you are not familiar with Zoom. All further correspondences between ourselves will be via the confidential email service.