Therapeutic Counselling for individuals
Covering Thame & Aylesbury
Counselling is more than ‘just talking to someone’, it provides professional space for you to freely explore the challenges and difficulties that you face, it can promote growth and it can change lives. You might be experiencing; anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family problems, young people, adults and older people. Mental health issues do not discriminate and can impact lives significantly.
Talking Therapies support individuals to explore their world to identify areas of difficulties to bring about understanding and positive change. It is important that your therapist is trained and approved to an awarding body such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or UKCP, for example.
My private practice is based in Thame on the outskirts of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire borders. I also have availability in Aylesbury town centre.
The most important aspect of my work is the developing therapeutic relationship, that you feel safe to explore your world in counselling, you do not feel judged and you are valued as a unique person.
As a qualified and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), my work is underpinned by their Ethical Framework, which provides a robust framework for good practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if need counselling?
If you are experiencing low mood, anxiety or generally find that coping with day-to-day problems a challenge, it may be that counselling is suitable to support you understanding and exploring these challenges.
What happens in counselling?
During the session I will aim to understand the issues you are facing which requires talking about these. Once we’ve established the boundaries of the work, the session continues. No two sessions are the same and you have the freedom to discuss what you want. During this session I also aim to understand how you would like to work to ensure a collaborative relationship.
How do I pick a counsellor or therapist?
It is important that you feel as comfortable as possible with your counsellor and over time, fell like you will be able to trust them, to talk about the emotions and issues that are challenging you.
What should I look for when I choose a counsellor?
Always check the qualifications of your counsellor and that they are approved to a governing body, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and that they have insurance in place. There are several professional bodies with different abbreviations who all require counsellors to work to a robust framework of good practice.
How many sessions will I need?
This will always vary, but therapy tends to work best when weekly appointments are attended. This can be short-term around 6-10 weeks or more longer term and is discussed at the initial appointment and ongoing throughout therapy.
Are the sessions confidential?
What you discuss in sessions is held confidentially by the counsellor unless your counsellor is concerned for your safety or where the counsellor has a legal requirement to override this and will require a disclosure of certain information.
What information does the counsellor require?
Information such as GP surgery and an approved personal contact is used in case of an emotion or psychological emergency. General information that will inform or impact the work is gathered during assessment and throughout the work and kept securely under Data Protection and GDPR.
What if I have an emergency?
Counselling is only available at your session times and I do not offer an emergency service. If you feel you, or anyone else is at risk, please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or attend the Accident & Emergency Department should you need urgent medical intervention.
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