"Owning our story can be hard, but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it."

 

BRENÉ BROWN

What is counselling & psychotherapy?

Both ‘counselling' and 'psychotherapy’ are terms used to describe the same process of a 'talking' therapy, in which a therapist creates a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for the client to explore the issues that they are struggling with. 

I believe that it is important to honour the 'whole' person and their whole life story: exploring unconscious and early experiences and relationships that may have affected your present difficulties, as well as the emotional and conscious experiences of body, feelings, mind and soul.

 

I encourage authentic self reflection on your innermost feelings, choices and behaviours, to help integrate the parts of yourself that may be in conflict, and engage your will to make positive life changes. 

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A safe, confidential and non-judgmental space, to process your experiences, gain insight into difficulties, reflect and find greater awareness and healing.

Who has counselling?

It is part of life that we will at some point face challenge, experience trauma and confront major life transitions. Such uncertain times can feel incredibly distressing and isolating, and we may find ourselves feeling totally helpless. The reasons people engage with counselling are as varied as people themselves; each person's reason is important and worthy of support.  Some of the reasons people seek counselling are: 

 

  • Abuse

  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment issues

  • Bereavement

 

  • Childhood issues

  • Depression

  • Disconnection

  • Eating disorders

  • Low self-confidence

 

  • Low self-esteem

  • Mental health

  • Redundancy

  • Relationship breakdown

  • Spirituality

 

  • Sexuality

  • Stress

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Trauma

  • Work-related stress

How I work

Counselling Framework
So as to create a safe and confidential space, in which you feel held and contained, it is important that we establish a framework for the counselling relationship. Here is what you can expect:

 

How often?
Counselling sessions are weekly* and ideally agreed at a set time each week. The frequency and consistency of weekly sessions allows for a trusting and healing relationship to grow, in which the client can feel emotionally safe and receive the maximum benefits of the therapeutic work. 

*If you are unable to make a session, we work together to find the best way to hold the frame for our work to continue. 

 

How long?
Counselling is about authentic transformation, not quick fix solutions. I offer a short term framework, suitable for those who want to focus on a particular issue (12 sessions); and an open ended framework (16+ session) that tends to be longer term and explores the underlying causes of your internal struggles. This gives you the space to self reflect, gain insight from past experiences including early childhood and family dynamics, and looks to help you move forward with life a sense of meaning and purpose.

 

What does it cost?
Sessions are £45 per 50 minute sessions and includes pre and post sessions preparation. Payment can be settled via cash or bank transfer.

2 Hour Intensive

I also offer a 2 hour intensive session that works well for those who are not able to commit to weekly sessions, but would still like counselling support. This session is designed for those who want to tackle a particular issue; understand why you are thinking or behaving in a certain way in a certain situation; or gain clarity before making a big life decision.
 

Whilst this is formatted as a standalone session, clients may book further sessions as support during challenging periods of life.

Sessions are £150 per 2 hour session and includes a brief phone conversation, notes and follow up call.

Counselling & Psychotherapy works...

The counselling relationship is unlike any other relationship and the process may be unlike anything that you have experienced in the past: all transformations happen when we are willing to try new things, reflect upon our reality and work on ourselves. 

Becoming aware of our unconscious patterns, limiting beliefs of ourselves and others, and how our history can influence our way of being in the world, is one of the most profound realisations that you can have. As a result of this, clients have felt a greater sense of self, emotional resilience in managing life challenges and a cultivate positive life changes. 

How to contact me

If counselling sounds like something that you would benefit from and you are willing to engage in the process, you are welcome to send an inquiry via the Contact page. It is helpful to include a brief outline of why you are seeking counselling and the days and time that you would be available. I will then respond to you to arrange either a brief phone call or initial session.

​© 2017 by In COURAGE Counselling & Coaching.

Bedford, United Kingdom