Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen in my first session?
The first session is an important opportunity for you to find out who I am and whether you feel happy to work with me. We will talk about why you are seeking counselling, how long you envisage your counselling journey might be, how counselling might fit into your weekly routine and how you feel in the counselling room.
How do I know what kind of counselling to have?
Counsellors identify themselves by describing the model or method of training they have received.
Broadly speaking person-centred counselling puts the client themselves at the centre of the work and believes that they have the answers to their own problems or dilemmas. The counsellor works as a facilitator or witness to this process and offers their attention and empathy throughout the process which can be immensely powerful and liberating.
Psychodynamic practitioners work with what is in the client's unconscious mind and may offer their own interpretations based on principles from that modality which originated in the work of Freud.
CBT or cognitive behaviour therapy is a practical and solution-focussed short term therapy which helps the client to address immediate problems often by setting targets or refocussing thinking. Integrative practitioners use ideas and approaches from whichever modality seems suited to the work and the client at that time.
So what's Gestalt counselling?
Gestalt is a humanistic approach which places significant emphasis on the relationship between counsellor and client and works primarily in the present moment- asking what is being felt or experienced by both the client and the counsellor and what information does this give us?
It is also dialogic- principally concerned with the dialogue between the client and the counsellor, the words being used and the importance of the story being told. Gestalt counsellors do consider the early life of the client to be important to their present state of mind. As a Gestalt counsellor I might also be interested in body awareness during the session and how it might connect to the emotions.
Awareness, autonomy and integration are guiding principles of Gestalt therapy.
Fees and availability
In Borough SE1, I charge £55 for a 50 minute session for individuals and £65 for couples. I have availability on Wednesdays. Please CLICK HERE to read more about this location.
In Lee and Honor Oak I charge £50 for a 50 minute session for individuals and £60 for couples. If you are on a low or restricted income please ask about the possibility of a lower charge. I currently work from the Honor Oak Wellness Rooms and Lee Complementary Health Centre. Just CLICK HERE to visit the Complementary Health Centre website and CLICK HERE to visit the Honor Oak Wellness Rooms. I also have a home practice in Lee.
If you would like to read more about how therapy can help with post natal problems just CLICK HERE.