My sessions are 50 minutes long and my fee is £45 per session. I offer an initial assessment for £25.
My personal belief is that everybody should be entitled to access talking therapies, so I am open for concessions and they would have to be negotiated and agreed with every client.
The assessment will be 50 to 60 minutes long. It is the opportunity to talk about expectations of counselling and to get a sense of the relationship between us. There would be a couple of forms to fill in and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the counselling process. If at the end of the meeting you would like to proceed, we can work out time, dates and the cost of future sessions.
The person-centred approach to counselling belongs to the humanistic school of therapy, and was devised by Carl Rogers, an American psychologist.
In the 1950s, Rogers proposed a form of therapy that focused on the clients’ experience of themselves, as opposed to the counsellor being an expert and telling them what to do, or what was wrong with them.
The therapy relies on the quality of the relationship between the counsellor and the client. Person-centred therapy harnesses the client’s natural self-healing process. Given the right relationship with the therapist, clients can decide what they want to do with their lives.
Person-centred therapy is a personal growth model also known as non-directive therapy. The client is not taught the model of therapy or asked to undertake homework.
Counselling” and “psychotherapy” are terms that are often used interchangeably. Some feel that counselling refers to short-term work and psychotherapy to working at depth on an open-ended basis, but generally both are terms that cover a range of talking and listening based methods of addressing psychological issues.
They both really mean talking, and more importantly being heard. In a safe and confidential space. We can gain a better understanding of the stuff that is causing you conflict. These may involve understanding and finding ways for growth and change, or, exploring and coming to terms with those areas we are unable or unwilling to change