Counselling is a therapy that aims to help you talk about any problems, fears or issues surrounding your health and well-being. With the guidance of a trained and experienced counsellor, a safe, supportive and confidential environment is provided. You are helped to explore the issues which may be at the root of your problems to help you feel happier and more confident about the life decisions you make.
Who I am
I am a qualified psychosynthesis counsellor, coach and executive coach with over 14 years experience. I am a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a fellow of the RSA. I also founded the Hysterectomy Association, (now closed) to provide information and support to women with gynaecological health challenges. I have written eight books including two international best-sellers, self-published seven and edited a further seven.
I understand deeply the courage it takes to begin a personal transformation journey and wish you well as you take the first steps.
My passion is empowering others to take back control of their life, health and well-being, and being a counsellor and coach means I am privileged to witness the powerful changes that happens when clients face their challenges and improve their lives.
I offer you a safe, confidential space to explore what matters most to you, where you can talk about what is causes you pain, as much as what interests and excites you.
Whether you choose counselling or coaching, your happiness is the goal I help you work towards and generally the difference in therapeutic style will depend on the issues you want to address. Coaching is very much about getting things moving, working towards a goal or vision for your future and planning next steps. Counselling, on the other hand, is often more reflective and seeks to understand how past patterns of behaviour and thinking impact on your life right now so you can choose to use or lose them.
To say I love what I do is an understatement as there is no distinction between what I do and who I am.
How Does it Work?
Each session lasts 50 minutes. My role is to listen and encourage you to talk openly about your concerns, worries and problems. You can find out more about whether it is right for you by reading my counselling FAQ’s.
The purpose of a counselling session is to help you make decisions about your health and well-being and understand why you may feel the way you do. Much of the work will be about helping you to make sense of where you at the present moment and then make decisions about what you can do next. It can be very practical work as well as therapeutic and could be used to help you with all sorts of decisions, such as:
- whether to have a health intervention like hysterectomy or not
- managing your ongoing health and well-being
- making changes to your life
- how to manage recovery from illness or surgery physically, emotionally and sexually
- whether alternative treatments
- coping with the menopause and getting older
Who is it suitable for?
Counselling works for many people, however it not suitable for people with severe depression or people with serious mental health issues; it is also not suitable for people who have suicidal tendencies. If this is the case I seriously suggest you visit your doctor for more specialised care.
How Does it Work?
Each session lasts for 50 minutes. You will be asked to complete a ‘getting to know you’ questionnaire before your session, which gives us the starting point for our work together. This ensures that the session is focused on YOUR needs and it can then be used to cover a range of information, support, therapy and other helpful elements.
You will be able to choose the date and time of your session, whether that is face to face or by phone/online. I do try to be as flexible as possible and should be able to accommodate most requests and if you are booking a telephone session then I will need your land-line phone number to call you. If you are based overseas (not in the UK) then we will schedule an online teleconference instead of a phone call.
Where does it take place?
- Telephone counselling isn’t dependent on where you live and can be booked by anyone, living anywhere. The session takes place over the telephone or online.
- Face to face sessions take place in Dorchester, Dorset. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, face to face counselling sessions have been suspended for the time being!
How do I book?
As soon as you have made your payment I will contact you to arrange a date and time for your appointment.
How much will it cost?
- The cost of telephone counselling is £75.
- The cost of face to face counselling is £95
If you wish to reschedule or cancel an appointment you will need to give at least 24 hours notice, if you give less notice than this, then I won’t be able to refund your payment to you.