Who is this for?
I am absolutely thrilled to be able to offer Person-Centred Counselling to all British citizens residing in the UK. I am supported by membership with the National Counselling Society (membership number NCS19-08669).
This is for anyone looking for space to explore their feelings and experiences in a non-judgmental and non-directive space.
This is for you if you are looking for emotional and mental health support while you seek to make changes in your life.
Perhaps you are recognising past trauma that continues to intrude into your everyday, or perhaps you have a difficult relationship you want to process in a safe space – counselling can give you space and support as you tackle these issues. No one needs to feel alone in their journey.
What is it?
Person-Centred Counselling was established by Carl Rogers in the 1940s, as a new approach to counselling that was non-directive. Rogers believed that people have everything they need to grow already within them. He maintained that what clients most needed from their therapists were essentially only three core conditions – empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.
Empathy means that I would be firmly committed to seeing your experiences from your own point of view, being willing to inhabit that with you and accepting you as the authority on your own experience.
Unconditional positive regard focuses on the importance of a trusting, and genuinely caring relationship between you as client and me as counsellor. I work hard to create a space where you feel fundamentally of value. This makes it safe to explore even those feelings that you may be less comfortable with because you trust I’m not going to judge you for them.
Congruence is my commitment to you that I am going to be real with you. I am going to work as hard to stay in touch with my own feelings as I’m inviting you to do. Person-centred counselling is fundamentally about real-ness and trusting that when our outward expression is congruent with our inner expression, growth can flourish more easily.
How does it work?
Hourly sessions, ideally weekly, where we share space as I listen to you, ask questions, and very intentionally notice what is happening in the session. I walk with you, actively reflecting back to you what you are sharing so that you can deepen your own hearing of your own feelings and thoughts.
The practise of showing up and making space to wrestle with the problems you are facing will make a difference to how you perceive your needs, your strengths and your challenges.
The solutions are all there, in you, but we need the right environment to nurture that self-knowing – and this is what person-centred counselling seeks to provide; understanding, safety and genuine encounter.
I charge £70 an hour, and I charge weekly with payments to be made before the session time ideally. If this fee feels unworkable though, please do talk to me about this, as I am sometimes able to offer reduced rates. Talking it through usually allows us to come up with a solution!
I use a platform called SquareUp, which will deliver your invoice by email with a button that will allow you to pay by card. On the rare occasion this is problematic with your card, I can also invoice by PayPal.
I send invoices on a Monday, but these are only payable just before our session that we’ve booked.