I believe that counselling works best when you feel relaxed and comfortable with your counsellor and this is why I offer a modern and friendly approach to counselling.
The journey to reach becoming a Counsellor was one of the most rewarding things I have done and I am privileged to be able to help so many people at difficult times in their lives.
I began my private practice in 2006 because I wanted someone like you to be able to have access to counselling when you need it most and at an affordable cost.
As an experienced counsellor I have worked with many clients and many issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, work related stress, low self-confidence and low-self esteem, along with many other mental health conditions or life problems.
I have a relaxed way of counselling, so that you feel safe and confident to talk about what is troubling you. My clients say they feel safe and protected and know what they tell me is treated in total confidence.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ with counselling and the first session lets me understand you and the best fit therapy for you. I have been trained in many different therapy styles and we can explore these and which suits you best.
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In my duty of care to clients, the content of your sessions is entirely confidential except where there is a requirement by law or where there is a serious risk of harm to yourself or to others.
The BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice to which I adhere, requires that I am in regular supervision of my work to ensure that standards are maintained. Although I discuss my caseload with my supervisor, client’s personal details are not disclosed.
Sidcup Counselling collects personal information when you register or make an enquiry to the services we provide. We will use this information to provide the services requested, maintain guarantee records and, if you agree, to send you marketing information. Sidcup Counselling will not share your information for marketing purposes with companies outside of Sidcup Counselling.
Frequently Asked Questions
Counselling offers you a place to explore difficulties you are having in your personal life with someone who is trained neither to judge you nor to advise you, but to explore and unlock your feelings, which may have been hidden for years. Past and present relationships will be talked about as well as your relationship with the counsellor. It may well be upsetting, but it will help you to understand more about yourself. From this you may begin to feel less confused, or to make changes in your life, or come to terms with things that can’t be changed.
There are many reasons for seeking counselling. You may be feeling upset and distressed and have problems with your feelings, behaviour, thoughts and relationships. You may keep getting stuck in patterns or relationships that don’t work, you may feel you lack direction or that life makes no sense. One of the main aims of counselling is to guide from us from feeling trapped and to give us a feeling of some control over our lives.
Counselling takes place in a private, non-judgmental setting so that you can feel free to share your concerns in confidence. In the initial session, you will be able to clarify the areas that you want to cover together.
As a guide, it is normal to work together for between eight and twelve sessions. If you decide to continue beyond this, we can discuss this at any time during the consultation. Each session, normal at intervals of one week, is of 50 minutes at a regular time, although changes can always be made to suit your changing needs.