How would a typical session look and feel?
After an initial session exploring your situation, we would contract with each other to undertake a course of therapy or counselling.
There is no typical session as such, I am attentive to what is present for my client in the moment and draw from a variety of models and techniques.
Regarding therapeutic relationship, my orientation is humanistic; I believe the relationship in itself is the most important component as it creates fertile ground from which self-discovery and transformation can take place. The scope of my work includes techniques such as talking therapy, mindful enquiry, creative imagination, guided meditation and Gestalt. I have experience in working with trauma and use my EMDR training and bodywork for trauma release.
Working with sound and voice can also be explored, this can range from releasing creative potential to trauma work and even as an aid to public speaking.
Do you charge for the initial session?
Yes, I do charge as it involves a detailed assessment and takes at least an hour.
How long should I expect to have to continue counselling?
The length of your treatment depends on your unique circumstances and needs. I often recommended a review after six sessions. Be mindful that once sessions start, new issues and angles can arise that you were unaware of, and may want to explore. It is possible to see improvement faster than you expected.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
In the context of mental health, "counselling" is generally used to denote a relatively brief treatment that is focused most upon behaviour. "Psychotherapy," on the other hand, is generally a longer-term treatment that focuses more on gaining insight into chronic physical and emotional problems. Its focus is on the clients thought processes and way of being in the world, rather than on specific issues.