I recognise that every woman is a unique individual with her own complex mix of experiences, personality, neuro-wiring in her brain, range of emotions, history since childhood, physical make-up of her body, patterns of thinking and behaving, phase of life, social connections, cultural environment and spiritual beliefs. We use our bodies, minds and intuition to make sense of the world and the experiences we have both good and bad. I don’t believe that one counselling theory can help every client in all situations. So I am qualified as an Integrative Counsellor which enables me to combine different approaches to counselling, different therapeutic tools and different elements from more than one theory to suit the individual needs of each woman I work with.
Integrative Counselling takes into account many views of human functioning and is flexible and responsive so if we need to stop and try a different way of working, we can rather than rigidly sticking to one way of working even when it doesn’t suit you or isn’t making any change. For example if you are a creative and visual person we can include art, guided-visualisation and journaling; if you are an analytical thinker we could try CBT worksheets and recommended reading or if you are a very physical person we could explore body reaction and movement.
Depending where you live and how far you can travel we will decide where the best place is for us to meet. You may want to come to my counselling room in West Wiltshire. It is on the A350 and easily accessed if you are coming from Trowbridge, Westbury, Warminster, Salisbury, Bath, Frome, Radstock, Melksham, Devizes, Marlborough, Pewsey, Corsham, Chippenham, Bradford-on-Avon and Swindon by car or bus and it is a 10 minute taxi ride from a train station. There is plenty of free parking and it is based in a beautiful rural location. Many clients have feelings of stress, anxiety or low mood that bring them to counselling and I hope that you find my counselling room to be a safe space where you can relax and feel comfortable.
It may work better for you if we met in another area and I can book a counselling room for us to meet there although there is usually an additional cost for room hire. Some people like to go to a local counsellor so there isn’t much distance to travel, others prefer to travel and keep the counselling away from their everyday lives, and some people are prepared to travel much further distances to find the right counsellor for them. I offer full 60 minute hour sessions (unlike many counsellors who offer 50 minutes). I charge £50 for the hour which is payable by bank transfer or cash.
You decide how often you would like us to meet whether that’s weekly, fortnightly or monthly and at the start we usually agree an initial number of sessions depending on what you are coming to counselling for. This is very flexible and if you decide at any time that you don’t want to continue we will end our sessions and if you find you want more sessions we can agree more dates to meet. Traditionally counselling tends to happen at the same time on the same day each week and that can work really well for people who can commit to a regular routine, but that doesn’t always work for everyone especially if you have lots of other commitments or you work shifts so we can decide dates that fit into your life.
Again traditionally counselling has tended to be in person but we can be really flexible in how we work together and if you wanted to mix face-to-face counselling with some video link sessions, email communication, Live Chat or phone counselling then I am really happy to do whatever works for you.
Your wellbeing is my main concern and if I am unable to offer you the counselling and support you require, I can suggest ways for you find alternative counsellors or sources of help.