Counselling and coaching are talking therapies. Therapy offers a safe, confidential place to talk to a trained professional about your feelings and concerns. You might talk about difficult events in your life or your relationships and emotions. Or you might have negative thoughts and behaviours that you want to change. Therapists listen to your story, helping you to understand yourself better and make positive changes in your life. People often choose to have therapy because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives, but you don’t have to be in crisis to have therapy. 

If you decide to have therapy you will usually have a number of planned, regular sessions lasting for around 50 minutes. The sessions can be face to face or online. What you talk about will vary depending on the problem you want help with. It could include: your relationships, your childhood, your emotions, your thoughts, your behaviour, situations or events you find difficult, or something else.

In the first session I start by taking a history of the troubles you are experiencing and discussing how therapy can help. We also discuss how to proceed and the approximate number of sessions that could be needed.

I began practising as a therapist in 1999 and am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).