Everything we need to be our true self can come from being in a safe space that allows us to reconnect with our inner self, explore our thoughts and true intentions.
At Therapy in the City my person-centred approach is gentle and empathetic, offering you an informal, authentic, non-judgemental and relaxing experience. Working with you as a 'whole person' means that you are at the centre of our work together. Building a trusting relationship, valuing your individuality rather than just working with your issue.
Whether you are in a state of crisis or just need somewhere to talk and simply be listened to and understood, you will find yourself at ease as we discuss your symptoms and focus on the treatment of your individual needs. Therefore, no subject is censored or judged upon.
Counselling can open doors to help you celebrate your own resilience and trust in the power of small steps... because your healing is about you. Self recovery and healing is achieved in the valuing and accepting of you, exploring your feelings, beliefs and behaviours to enable you to become more self aware and release blocks, feelings and pains that may be stopping you moving forward in life... after all, no one knows you better than you know yourself.
Working through challenges and overcoming obstacles is empowering. It leads to an acknowledgement and discovery of your personal inner strength which has been known to improve confidence, boost happiness and increase self belief. What if you could be outside of the perceived limitations and expectations in which you have been living. It is a reminder that your voice matters, so you can vocalise your worth, articulate your truth and allow your words and actions to remove the emotional restraints.
Counselling can help you to draw a line under the expectations of others and reconnect you to who you really are.
how many sessions will i need?
There is no set length of time or number of sessions for counselling and I offer short term and open-ended therapy.
what happens in a counselling session?
Person centred counselling is led by you, so each of our sessions is unique to you, a relaxed space in which you are free to bring whatever you need to in that moment. There is no pressure to talk about anything you do not want to discuss and we will work at your pace. This is a safe and non judgemental space for us to build a therapeutic relationship and to explore your issues, your way.
what if i'm unsure about counselling?
You are at the centre of our sessions and building a trusting relationship and a safe space for you is the foundation of that therapy. The connection you have with your counsellor is key and I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation for us to chat about the therapy and also it gives us a chance to meet. There is no obligation to proceed with counselling if you feel it is not the right choice for you.
does my gp need to refer me?
No, you are free to refer yourself.
However, if you are currently receiving medical treatment for the condition you are attending therapy for, it is advised that you consult your doctor before attending and you should discuss with me before commencing therapy. Any prior medical conditions that may affect the therapy should also be disclosed to me. All information discussed and disclosed remains private and confidential.
do you offer student counselling rates?
Yes, student rates are available. Please contact me for details.
will any of my information be shared?
Confidentiality is important and I am committed to your privacy, so sharing of your personal information is a rare occurrence.
There are really only two instances this may happen. The first is if I become aware you are in imminent danger to yourself or others, or someone else is a danger to you. I would in the first instance encourage you to seek necessary support, and if you were unable or unwilling to do so I have a duty of care as your therapist to seek this support on your behalf.
The second is if I become aware you intend to commit a major crime. In this instance I have a legal obligation to disclose such information to the relevant authorities.
*Please note for the purpose of therapy that personal drug use or addictions are not considered to be criminal activities (unless they involve someone underage). These are seen only as areas to be addressed in therapy.