Do you long for a more fulfilling life? is something getting in the way or stopping you from living your dream? Do you feel stuck, stressed or depressed?
Is pain from the past, or anxiety and worry about the future, leaving you tired and weary so you find it hard to enjoy being in the present?
Have you experienced loss and grief, and now feel lost..like there is nowhere to turn?
Have you experienced trauma, and find fear plays its part in your day to day life?
Does chronic pain, tiredness and illness keep you from enjoying your life?
If any of these questions resonate with you, then you’ve come to the right place, welcome!
What you might expect from a one-to-one person-centred therapy session with me is the sense of calm, safety and sanctuary, being listened to, and most importantly, heard in a non-judgmental and accepting way.
Initially, via email or phone, we will have a chat about what you would like from therapy and what I can offer.
Often people question the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. Counselling is traditionally short term, looking at the here and now, and focuses on the present. Psychotherapy is traditionally longer term, looking at the here and now, but also, having that space to explore the past. Person-centred therapy focuses on the here and now, but can also look back into the ‘there and then’ if you wish.
I am a BACP registered and insured person-centred creative arts counsellor and psychotherapist in Staffordshire, UK. I have a specialist interest in the use of the creative arts in therapy – art, writing, particularly when working with trauma, grief and loss.
Types of sessions and location
All my sessions are person-centred. Depending on how you would like to work with me, I can offer the following:
- Writing, journals, metaphor, narrative, story telling, working with fairytales, dreams, metaphor
- Art – painting, drawing, collage, working with pictures, photographs
- Textiles – knitting, weaving, stitch
Traditional person-centred talking therapy
Home visits, or alternatively a therapy room to suit your individual needs (currently unavailable due to Covid 19 restrictions).
via Zoom, Emails, Telephone.
This year, everyone’s found themselves relying on ‘virtual’ ways of communicating. During lockdown, I completed training to become a certified online & telephone counsellor.
Please note that ALL sessions are currently via zoom, email or telephone due to Covid 19 restrictions.
Frequency of sessions
I offer weekly or fortnightly sessions, brief in nature or long term. The frequency is set by you. It is best practice to have weekly sessions, and, on average, clients book between 6 and 12 sessions initially, however, each individual experience will be different. I offer brief therapy (one session).
You are free to end sessions for a period of time and then return if needed at a point in the future.
I offer a sliding scale of fees depending on your circumstances. This takes into consideration – students, unemployed, OAP, low income. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Payment is made in advance of the session by bank transfer or PayPal to secure the time/date of session required.
I require at least 24 hours notice of cancellation. Full payment is required for last-minute cancellations (less than 24 hours) or missed appointments.
What happens during the first session?
The contract: this is an agreement between us, which explains the practical aspects of the way we will work together. We can discuss the contract, and if we both agree, we can sign and both keep a copy. My contract can be requested before the initial session and this can be sent to you by post or email.
The session: The session is directed by yourself, where you will be given the time and space to explore whatever you choose. We can explore what you may like to include in the sessions.
What happens next?
We can, if you wish, book the next appointment at this point or you can do so at a later time convenient to you. If you decide at any point that you would prefer the sessions to stop, we can review and have an ending session.