The first step
Deciding to have therapy is not always easy but once you take the first step it can change the direction of your life.
What to expect
We meet initially to discuss what has brought you to counselling and what you might be looking for from therapy sessions. We can use this time to get to know each other and I will make some suggestions about how we might work together. After the first session you can decide if you want to continue and if you choose not to, that’s not a problem.
After this first meeting, we will usually meet weekly to talk through what might be happening for you and find a way of working together. The sessions last for an hour, but we can negotiate longer sessions if necessary . There is no set format for sessions, we may talk, sit, move or if, we are outside, use the landscape. I have an indoor home-based space and use the footpaths on canals, fields and wooded areas of the Colne and Holme valleys in West Yorkshire.
Will it help?
My experience is yes it does. Research has shown that talking things through with a trained therapist can make a significant difference to what can seem like insurmountable problems, feelings or situations. Research has also shown that the relationship with a therapist is an important part of why it works so it’s important to choose the right therapist for you.
What can it help with?
I work with young people and adults experiencing all sorts of issues: anxiety, bereavement, depression, relationships, identity, work, and any kind of loss are some of the areas I work with. Sometimes people are not really sure what’s wrong, things just don’t seem right. If this is the case for you, we can work together to find ways of understanding what’s going on for you and discover how this is affecting you and what might help.
How long will it take?
There is no set number of sessions, I offer short term as well as longer term sessions. Short term might be four, six, or may be more.
What kind of therapy is it?
I am trained in Transactional Analysis (TA) which is a person-centred approach.
TA is a psychological theory of how we become who we are. TA has practical and useful tools to help you deal with some of the difficulties you may be experiencing. It involves exploring the habits and patterns in your thinking, feeling and behaving, and deciding whether these are helpful for you.
I am trained to take therapy outdoors. Having counselling in a traditional consulting room may not be for you. You may prefer to walk and talk in a natural setting. This is becoming a more popular approach particularly with people who enjoy being outdoors and especially with young people who prefer this to a formal indoor setting.