This session lasts about an hour and is a chance to talk through why you would like counselling and if counselling would be right for you. It gives you a chance to meet me and decide if you would like to work together. There is no commitment to further sessions. If you think you would like further sessions we would make a plan together.


I offer both short and long term counselling. Some people prefer to have a limited number of sessions (6-10) to focus on an issue that is causing them problems at that moment. Some people prefer a more open ended arrangment so that they can explore a number of issues which perhaps go back historically in order to find a better way of living in the present. I offer both possibilities and we will discuss this in your first session.


Do I have to know what’s wrong?

Some people come to counselling with a definite idea of what they would like to talk about and know what problems are standing in their way. Some people come because their GP has suggested that counselling might help.

A lot of people come because they are feeling unhappy in some way but are not sure why. I will help you gently unpick what is going on in your life and try to help you find a way out.


What does counselling feel like?

Unlike some of the media portrayal of psychotherapy and counselling, what I do is very down to earth. You will be sitting in a chair, not lying on the couch, and I do not record endless notes of what you say.

Often people feel a bit nervous of coming to counselling, particularly if it is the first time you have talked about your problems. I will try to make you feel comfortable about talking and to go at a pace that suits you.


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