Acceptance and change

People are increasingly come to recognise that it is necessary to consider the mind, body and spirit holistically if they are to bring about desired change. Talking therapies can make an important contribution to the health and welfare of people experiencing psychological distress. Research has consistently shown that the most important factor in achieving positive and desired for outcomes is the quality of the therapeutic relationship you develop with your counsellor or psychotherapist.

The terms counsellor and psychotherapist are often used interchangeably, but what they both have in common is the utilization of talking openly and honestly to a trained person who is, initially at least, something of a stranger to you. Such an endeavor will require courage and commitment on your part, and a willingness to take a risk in order that things might be different in your life. That you are reading this suggests that you want things to change, and the attempts you have made to bring this about thus far have not worked. A 'leap of faith' is necessary on your part then, and the therapeutic 'journey', even though difficult for you, will present the possibility that things can be different and better. Remember that if you continue to do what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got.

Psychotherapy and counselling involves the development of a professionally supportive and compassionate relationship with a trained professional outside of your established social network. Surprisingly perhaps, it is that very separateness that can enable you to understand your difficulties in new ways, and thus move toward living your life in the way you want it to be.


Whilst in some particular cases it may be appropriate to engage in counselling in your home, it is generally preferred to progress such an endeavor in a place away from your usual life to reduce the likelihood of your been distracted by its ongoing demands. We can also work online via Zoom or on the telephone if this suits you best.  Sessions are of one hours duration, and we should both strive to commit to these taking place on a regular (usually weekly) basis, on the same day and time each week. Of course, other commitments will require some flexibility in this, and so some ongoing movement of appointments will be inevitable and necessary. An opportunity to discuss such needs will always be offered at the end of each session to address this. I would always request 24 hours notice of cancellation however, except in the case of unexpected emergencies and illness.

Sessional rate is £40 for one hour. The first session may last for up to ninety minutes which ensures that adequate time is available to conclude whether you feel that I can offer the kind of support you need, and establish that we are able to work effectively together. There is no additional charge for this. I have found that a longer first session is more effective and useful than the 'free 30 minute taster session' that you may sometimes be offered.

Payment: cash, cheque or bank transfer.  Credit and debit cards accepted.




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Covid-19

I have recently restarted face to face sessions.  Given the current Covid 19 situation, this has required measures be taken to help ensure the safety of those attending for psychotherapy and counselling.  For your information, this includes all contact surfaces being sprayed with disinfectant between sessions, seating being placed a minimum of two metres apart and the room being naturally ventilated before and during contact.  You are welcome to wear a face shield/mask should you wish, and I will wear one too at your request.  I will continue to provide freshly filled drinking water on request, and you are welcome to bring your own bottled water/drink should you prefer.  During our movement through the property toward the therapy room, there should be no requirement for us to be in close proximity for an extended period of time, nor for this proximity to be any closer than one metre at any point.  Should you experience any symptoms of Covid-19, or be told to self-isolated by authorities, please inform me at the earliest opportunity. A risk assessment tool has been completed to help ensure the safety of all attendees.  I keep a copy of this in the therapy room which is available to view on request.



I hope that this statement helps reassure anybody considering therapy 'in person'.  If you have any outstanding questions regarding management of risk and Covid-19, you are welcome to make contact either via telephone or email.