What is Counselling/Therapy?
Counselling and Therapy are really one in the same term. They both refer to a service which aims to help people overcome their difficulties by exploring them with a Therapist or Counsellor. This also applies to Psychotherapy/Psychotherapist
What can I expect from our first session together?
The first session of Counselling is usually used to get an idea of how well we both work together and if Counselling is right for you. There are so many different types of Counselling and Counsellor that it is important to find something you are both comfortable with and feel will offer you what you need.
In the initial session, we will meet each other and see how we work together. There will be time for me to explain Counselling in more depth (if you would like) and also for you to ask any questions you may have. I will also explain some details of our work together like confidentiality and appointment details. You will have chance to explain what brought you to Counselling and what you would like to gain from our work together. We will then have the rest of the time to talk about whatever you would like and begin the Counselling.
As with many aspect of Counselling, you are in control and so there is no pressure or obligation to continue after this initial session or to talk about anything you don't want, the choice remains with you.
What can I expect from the rest of our work together?
As a Counsellor, I will be empathic towards your feelings and life. Put simply, this means that I will try to understand and help you explore the difficulties which you are facing. As a result, it is often the case that you come to a place where you have a better understanding and acceptance of yourself, which can ease the pressures you are experiencing. It can also empower you to make any changes you may wish.
I will not be judgmental of you or your position and think it is very important that I value each individual that comes for counselling. Every person is different and has different values and needs. There are no right and wrong ways, just your way, and I think it is important to respect this and be able to freely explore what you desire without fear of judgement.
You are in control of the content of the sessions and what you talk about. This can be scary at first but you are the only person who knows how you truly feel and how it is to be you - you are the expert on you! This is why I believe that you are the best guide of how to use Counselling and as a result, the best person to decide the content of our sessions together.
What is Person-Centred Counselling?
There are many different types of Counselling but the method which I follow and am trained in is Person-Centred Counselling. This model believes that the you have the resources within yourself to get to where you need and that we all have a natural desire to move towards fulfilment and development, although I understand it may not feel like this at times! My job is to offer a place and the conditions for you to be able to openly explore the areas that you wish and begin to develop your own resources in order to make the changes that you wish.
Person-Centred Counsellors do not offer advice or solutions to people, but instead offer a safe and confidential space for the client to explore whatever they need and help them to come to the places which they desire. The fact that counsellors do not offer advice emphasizes the control of the client in a counselling relationship. You make the decisions and plan the course and content of the therapy, and most importantly at your own speed.
What type of issues can Counselling be used for?
In a nutshell, anything. There are no set issues for counselling that must or should be brought. Whatever you feel needs dealing with, is obviously an important area for you to explore and counselling provides the setting to do this.
On the rare occasion that Counselling does not fit your needs or you may need alternative support, I am happy to help you in finding this.
Some people worry that their problems are too big or too small to bring to counselling but I believe that if you feel it is an issue, then it is important to spend some time looking at it. I have had experience with a wide variety of issues and always try to offer the best possible support to help you get what you need from our work together.
How much do you charge?
Individual Counselling is charged at £45 for 50 minutes and Supervision is charged at £60 per 90 minute session.
Student rates are available upon request for both Counselling and Supervision. These are mainly reserved for Counselling students but I am happy to discuss this further to meet individual needs.
How long are the sessions and how often do we meet?
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes each and are usually on a weekly basis. As always, this can be discussed and altered to suit your needs but this is the most common frequency.
Supervision tends to be 90 minutes per month but I also offer alternative session lengths to suit your needs e.g. 45 minutes, 1 hour etc.
How many sessions will I need?
Each person is different and the amount of sessions depends entirely on you. Usually people come to counselling until they feel like they may be able to get on without it or some people want to set a certain amount of sessions from the first time we meet.
Both of these ways and any other way is fine and as like all other aspects of counselling, you call the shots.
What is your availability?
I currently have availability on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 8am - 8pm
Alternatively you can get in touch by calling 07745675946 or Click here to Email to discuss available appointments.
What age groups/type of people do you see?
I have had experience working with numerous age groups from children up to the elderly. I currently offer both Individual and Couples Counselling to young people, adults and the elderly.
I believe that work with children requires specialist training. A child and adolescent Counsellor that I would highly recommend can be found at Click here to see a map of where I am based in Hove
Where are you based?
I can currently offer appointments in either Brighton or Hove at the following locations:
About Balance, 20-22 Gloucester Place, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AA.
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Hove Therapy Rooms, 69 Church Road, Hove BN3 2BB.
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I’m worried you will tell other people about what we talk about
I strongly follow a confidentiality pact in our contract. This basically means that I won't share any of the content of our sessions together unless I feel that you or anyone else is in serious danger. I also see a supervisor once a month where I discuss my work as a Counsellor but your identity will not be disclosed.
I'm still a bit reluctant to start counselling and not sure if it’s for me, what do you suggest?
I think that explaining counselling and its ways can be very difficult and sometimes it is just a case of getting a sense of counselling first hand. There are never any pressures to talk about things you don't want to and you are in control of what we do with our time together. In the first session we can take some time to discuss our work together and have a talk about some of the issues which are troubling you and made you take the first steps towards counselling.
The start of Counselling can be a very daunting prospect, but I also believe in what a great change it can make. If you are still unsure about meeting face to face then feel free to use the contact details on the site to ask any questions or get in touch to discuss any further areas which may help your decision.
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