How long are the sessions?
Both Counselling and Psychotherapy Sessions last for 50 minutes and begin on the hour mutually agreed to between the client and myself. The sessions are held on a weekly basis every week, excluding pre arranged holidays and sickness.
How long will I be in Counselling or Psychotherapy?
For Counselling I normally recommend that there should be a minimum commitment of at least 6 sessions. These sessions will be structured to allow a more cognitive working through of the presenting problems.
With Psychotherapy the issues are normally a lot more complex and therefore may require a more open-ended timeframe of at least 6 months, with regular reviews. This would allow the work to be held at a deeper level.
Would you keep what I tell you confidential?
Everything that we discuss during out time together is strictly confidential and the only person I discuss your case with is my Supervisor (see below), but this forum is confidential also. This structure is important as it allow you space to talk about anything and everything in a contained environment. The only times that confidentiality might have to be broken is if there was a risk to either yourself or to someone close to you, but this would be discussed with you at the time.
How long have you been a Counsellor and Psychotherapist?
I have been working as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor with my own Private Practice since 2004. I am also Senior Lecturer within the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton, and lecture on their PG Dip and MSc courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a part-time lecturer at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London, and have published numerous papers on Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as having presented at conferences both nationally and internationally.
What are your qualifications?
I completed my Doctorate in 2017. Prior to this, I completed my Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2004. I also hold a Diploma in Transpersonal Supervision.
Which governing body do you belong to?
Are you supervised?
Yes, as per the BACP Code of Ethics I receive regular Supervision designed to assist me as I work with you through your presenting problems.
How do you work as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist?
My style of working is called Integrative, and this involves utilising many ways of working with clients. Most important of all is the relationship between the client and myself as this helps facilitate healing and growth beyond the presenting issue.
Integrative working for myself means my work is often creative, with great store put on the understanding of the client through their dreams, knowledge of music, drawing, and other forms of art. Alternatively, I am also adept at working psychodynamically as well, which would involve working with any early life difficulties via the unconscious communications present in the room.
Next, integrative means of working work well culturally. Because there is no one type of therapy that fits all cultural differences, it is important as a therapist to adapt my style of working to that of the cultural other I am working with. Truly working integratively offers me the means to do that competently.
Also, my particular training was from a Transpersonal perspective, through the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) so my way of working can often involve bringing in aspects and types of spirituality to the work, viewing and encouraging the growth of a client’s inner self at a very deep and spiritual level.