What is Counselling Psychotherapy and how do I work to help clients?
Counselling psychotherapy is a ‘talking therapy’, which involves focusing on the issues that are most important to you.
The therapist works with you to help examine and unpack issues and matters of importance to you to find ways forward and solutions that make sense and are useful in your life.
The base of the counselling psychotherapy that I offer comes from a person-centred (also called client-centred and experiential approach. This work is influenced by the ideas of psychologist Carl Rogers. It is based on the belief that individuals have the innate capacity for growth, self-awareness, and positive change. The focus of person-centered therapy is on the person’s their unique perspective of the world and supporting them to develop in a way that helps them address issues they are facing. I also integrate some other perspectives and ways of working recognised as useful in counselling and helping people. I will help you by creating a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you feel safe, accepted and in control. Together, we can then work on you understanding your feelings, thoughts, and experiences.
The work we do together will not be about me provide advice or ‘telling you what to do’. Through active listening, reflection, and empathic understanding, I will help you to gain insight, develop self-acceptance, reflect and consider different issues, and make positive changes to your life.
As noted above, counselling psychotherapy is often used to address a wide range of issues. Some of these that I work with include, but not limited to:
Where relevant, and with your full agreement, I also integrate some other techniques, such as relaxation. By exploring your thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment, you can develop the tools and resources you need to cope with life’s challenges.
Each person’s journey is unique, and I will work with you to develop a therapy plan that meets your individual needs and goals. Many clients gain great benefit from 6-8 sessions of counselling psychotherapy and do not feel they need more, but in some cases, you might decide you need slightly longer, depending on the issues you want to address and what you wish to achieve. Please call me to discuss your needs and whether therapy is appropriate for you.
I work with adults (18+). I mainly work online through platforms such as Zoom, but can also see you face-to-face if you prefer, with rooms available in either Birmingham or Cheshire. The fee for Counselling Psychotherapy is £50 per online 55-minute session and £60 per face-to face session.
I have worked in community and youth contexts and am also a professor in higher education, having researched and taught in the field of abuse and trauma for 30 years. I have counselled clients who have experienced abuse and very challenging life experiences, and additionally have trained therapists around working with clients who have experienced controlling harmful relationships.