What happens and how it helps

Psychotherapy and Counselling aims to help you understand your difficulties or distress, and what motivates you. It can then enable you to find more appropriate ways of coping or bring about changes in thinking and behaviour and enable personal growth.


It involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help you do so safely.
A psychotherapist provides a professional, therapeutic relationship in a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential space

Painful feelings and difficulties can be explored and worked through in a constructive way with the therapist. These feelings in day to day life often have their origins in experiences from the past.

Within a supportive and trusting relationship and through a process of listening, talking and engaging, counselling can be used to understand difficult feelings and problems – such as relationships, stress and depression. Through talking openly, utilising memories, feelings and dreams we can achieve together the insight that reduces distress and enables change. You can be helped towards changing or lessening current issues or problems , or coming to terms with them.

Ways of working
We work with people either on an open-ended basis or for an agreed shorter period of time (e.g. 12 sessions). It is generally recognised that psychotherapy looks at difficulties and problems in considerable depth. We relate to you as individuals and therapy is conducted in a safe, containing and confidential environment. Therapy usually takes place once weekly on the same day and time each week.

There is an initial consultation session in which your situation and needs are discussed in detail, and we jointly decide how to proceed. This also provides an opportunity to experience a therapeutic relationship within a safe space, where people can talk openly about themselves, what is important to them and what has led them to seek therapy.

Fees are discussed at the initial consultation session, and our individual pages are a guide to these. These can be negotiable and are reviewed annually. Fees are invoiced monthly.



You can find more about our psychodynamic style of counselling at the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC) website, clicking here

If you are interested in a recent Radio 4 piece on the narrowing range of therapies in the NHS, you can listen to it on the BBC

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