Below are some frequently asked questions by clients. If you don’t see your question below, please contact me directly, and I will get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 48 hours.
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How do I know if I need counselling / psychotherapy?
Counselling can help gain clarity on an issue, change old repetitive patterns that are destructive, heal past trauma, or provide support in a crisis situation. Some people also come for therapy where there is no apparent problem but want to realise more of their potential or authenticity.
What happens in a counselling session?
In a counselling session, I provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to explore and express your issues in order to achieve the outcomes you wish. You are free to discuss your thoughts, feelings, regrets, memories, dreams and aspirations in the context of work, relationships, yourself or family. It is a space where you can a be reflective and curious in order to make sense of yourself, your life and issues.
How do I know which counselling approach is most suited to me?
I offer an integrative approach which means that I use different approaches and tools designed to best meet your needs at a particular stage in the therapeutic process. You are also free to discuss with me what you feel works for you and what doesn’t and therefore you have a say, should you wish, in how we work together and how the process unfolds.
Please refer to my About My Approach section for more information.
What kind of person seeks counselling?
Counselling isn’t limited to a particular type of person and there are no barriers to whom it can benefit. Everyone sometimes struggles in their life and can benefit from a listening ear that can help, support and guide them through a particularly challenging stage in their life.
How experienced is the therapist?
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their ethical guidelines. Through my work for organisations such as Trauma Psychotherapy Scotland and Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health, and through private practice, I have 15 years of experience counselling clients suffering a range of symptoms from depression and acute anxiety through to trauma and P.T.S.D.