How it works
Online video counselling sessions takes place using either Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Signal, depending on which platform works best for you. You need to have access to a private space in which you will not be overheard and a good internet connection.
Usually counselling involves meeting once a week for a 50 minute session. The first session is a 1 hour assessment which gives both of us the opportunity to make sure we are comfortable to work together.
The number of sessions depends on your individual needs:
• 4-6 sessions may be enough to deal with a specific problem.
• A longer, open ended period may be required for more general issues.
We can discuss this in more detail and make a plan in the assessment.
Please contact me if you would like a free 30 minute non-therapeutic consultation to help you decide if this is for you.
What is Counselling?
Counselling (sometimes referred to as Psychotherapy) provides an opportunity to talk confidentially to someone who is trained to listen and help you gain a greater understanding of yourself and the challenges you might be facing. This in turn can lead to changes which improve your situation for the better.
There are many different approaches in counselling which influence the kind of therapy you may receive. As an Integrative Humanistic counsellor, I am focused on working in the present with what you are aware of, rather than with your subconscious. We might talk about the past but it does not need to be the main focus of the therapy. I may give you general information relating to your circumstances, but will not advise or try to tell you what you should do. My aim is to help you find your own path to a better present and future. Evidence shows that client motivation and the quality of the relationship between the client and the counsellor are the key factors in achieving positive outcomes.
Throughout our work together, I encourage feedback from you about what helps and what doesn’t. This also helps me make sure the work fits your needs. In longer term work, if you, or I, feel that it is time to end, we can talk about it.
Feeling stressed, anxious or depressed
Feeling lonely or unsupported
Struggling to deal with loss, such as bereavement or relationship break up
Struggling to cope with change and transitions
Difficulties with self confidence or self esteem
Lacking motivation or purpose in life
Stressful working/living conditions
Struggling to cope with the impact of traumatic events
Feeling burnt out
Problems with drinking or other substance abuse