How Much Does It Cost?
Sessions last 50 minutes and cost £60 per hour in Leicestershire, £70 in London. All sessions are payable a week in advance. EMDR sessions may require one and a half hours. Notice of cancellation must be given at least 2 full days in advance.
What Issues do you Deal With?
Examples of issues covered – (not exclusively):
Family or parenting issues - depression - loss of meaning in life - anorexia, eating disorders – self harm - relationship problems - feeling stuck - personal development - isolation - domestic violence - addictions - life crisis - coping with illness - bereavement - loss - grief - sexual difficulties - abuse - therapy in professional training - obsessive compulsive disorders - panic attacks - phobias - nightmares – stress – work problems - breakdown - trauma, post traumatic stress
How do I know my problem is worth taking your time?
What is worrying you is important enough. There’s no scale of measurement. Just call.
How do you work?
Most of the time, therapy takes the form of you, the client, doing most of the talking, with the occasional response from the therapist. It sounds simple though it isn't, and years of training have gone into how I work with you. I have also undergone extended personal therapy myself as part of that training, so I really know what it's like on the other side of the fence.
Most people who have tried counselling or psychotherapy will agree that what is most important is the quality of the relationship between client and counsellor/therapist. What you do will arise from your own needs and be drawn from a wide range of theoretic approaches. I aim to help you to release what is blocking you and the pain associated with it, to gain a sense of integration in yourself, a sense of connection in relationships and a greater sense of being in tune with life in general.
What is Transpersonal Psychotherapy?
Transpersonal psychotherapy acknowledges the spiritual along with the emotional, intellectual and physical aspects of the person. What that means is that I regard myself and others as more than the sum of their biology, chemistry and physical nature.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for 'eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing'. This is a World Health Organisation approved technique which can be added to the established therapeutic relationship and has been proven to be highly effective in treating all sorts of life blocks, phobias and post traumatic symptoms, as well as helping with the development of inner resources. Side to side eye-movements, auditory clicking, or tapping is used whilst the client is connecting with memories, thoughts and feelings within a carefully structured supportive framework. The results are proven by an increasing and impressive body of research and are natural, effective and profound.
Can you help me if I am from a different culture?
Everyone is unique and only a face to face meeting will help you to get a real sense of whether I can help you. However my previous experience of working with people from other cultures has shown that it can be advantage - nothing is taken for granted. I try to keep an open mind, and some find that they feel it is safer and easier to trust a counsellor who is from outside their home community.
How long will it take?
Each session lasts 50 minutes. An EMDR session may require 1.5 hours, which will be agreed in advance. You will agree an initial short term plan and have regular reviews.
Do you do evening sessions?
Yes, it can be difficult for some people to fit sessions into a working day, so some evening appointments are offered.
What about confidentiality?
Your trust in my confidentiality is essential. A contract will be agreed at the beginning, and the principle is that ‘what is said in the room stays in the room’. Nothing you say to me is revealed to anyone else without your consent. For example I might ask for your permission when it might be helpful to talk to your GP or psychiatrist, and if you refused consent I would respect that. The only time confidentiality would, by law, have to be breached is if there was a real danger of you committing serious harm to yourself or another - especially, though not exclusively, where children might be at risk.
Do you do Gestalt or Art Therapy?
I use imaginative and alternative approaches if you feel comfortable with it and it flows naturally for you. Sometimes that involves visualisations (use of the creative imagination), artwork, sandtray, working with dreams, Gestalt and role-play techniques, or breath and sound work.
What is the Mindtalk group?
Mindtalk is a group of counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice at 3 Abbey Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. We share the same premises, and collaborate in our work, supporting each other with referrals, running workshops and providing professional supervision. The premises also offers consultation rooms for use by other independent practitioners - please contact me if you would like to know more about this.
Are you able to provide professional supervision?
Yes. In 2017 I am training to become accredited as a professional supervisor for groups and individuals. This is in the transpersonal and integrated model including the ability to work with the body, the mind, feelings and spirit as a whole in the practice of supervision. Whilst training, I am offering supervision at low cost.