FREE INITIAL 20 MINUTE SESSION
It takes courage to seek help from someone, especially if you've never had counselling before. Selecting a counsellor can be daunting and I offer a free 20 minute phone or online initial consultation, without obligation, so that we can decide whether we can work together. This allows you to get to know me a little, tell me briefly about your background and what brings you to counselling. I will propose a suitable focus for your therapy treatment. We will also come to an initial understanding about your subsequent sessions. If I do not have the skills to help you, I will let you know. If you feel at all uncomfortable about working with me, please do not hesitate to look around for another counsellor you are happy to work with.
NOTE Depending on lockdown restrictions, I offer either face-to-face socially distanced counselling, or online counselling (ZOOM, SKYPE, etc.), or a mixture of both.
MY PRACTICE As an integrative counsellor, I draw from a variety of counselling models so as to best serve the unique person that you are, and your life journey.
Counselling models I use include the Humanistic models such as Person-Centred and Transactional Analysis. For relationship difficulties and emotional coaching, I may use Emotion Focused Therapy . I also work using Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural, Acceptance and Commitment Therapies as well as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Gestalt, Creative and Visual techniques. I am also trained in trauma counselling.
The seeds of our present distress are often sown in the past. Sometimes, social and ethnic cues you learnt growing up, may no longer fit your present circumstances, and so affect your well-being. These may be taken into account, if relevant.
If you find it helpful, we can also explore spirituality and faith. Painful present-day realities may prompt us to look beyond the veil of our material existence. On the other hand, they may make us question any existing beliefs we may have, and this may be distressing in itself.
I am happy to counsel clients of all faiths, or none.
My commitment to you is to treat you with respect and value you as a person.
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MY COUNSELLING ROOM in Northfleet (Gravesend), DA11, Kent, is a pleasant and accessible room on the ground floor, with an adjacent toilet. There is free parking outside. The location is well served by public transport.
I currently offer online counselling (Zoom, Skype, or Phone).
MY WORKING HOURS are flexible and can include evenings and some weekends.