New Counselling Space : -
I'm really excited to share the news that my new counselling space is ready and now being used! Work began in October last year to create a safe, calm and dedicated space for my counselling work. I moved in at the beginning of the year and am now ready to share the space with you.
Covid-19 update: -
Firstly it is important to encourage all to stay safe, well and follow the government guidelines on managing this pandemic.
I am continuing to work with existing and new clients mostly via phone and online video meetings, using Zoom. I am returning to some face to face work from 8th March 2021 and will have a limited number of appointments available. With each client we will explore the best option for you and discuss how confidentiality and safety is managed during this unusual time.
It is a difficult time for many where we are unable to get out, connect with others, go to work and the impact isolation has on our mind, body, soul and finances. Remember we are all in this together and if we help each other we can come out the other side stronger than before. For those struggling to come to terms with the impact Covid has had on their lives there is a new group starting soon. Follow the Group Therapy link below for further information.
Mental Health support: -
If you are worried about your mental health or someone you know please get in touch or contact The Samaritans on 116 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Folkestone there is the Folkestone Haven which is an out of hours mental health support service
Alternatively you can use the 24 hour service Release the Pressure by either calling 0800 107 0160 or texting the word "Kent" to 85258
I work with you to find ways to support you in your journey, to identify barriers, develop ways to overcome them and to feel more whole. Life can often challenge us, our values and beliefs leaving us feeling down or confused. Talking through these concerns or experiences can help to make more sense of our feelings, thoughts and behaviours. I sometimes use literature to help explain or understand complex or difficult feelings which can feel less intense and enable you to share or connect with me.
I am really interested in individual and cultural stories that make up our sense of self and how these stories can sometimes prevent us from becoming the person we want to be.
I work with individuals on a one to one basis for as long as needed. This can be either in person or online.
Therapeutic groups can be an interesting and cost effective way to access counselling.
Update: online groups are now available
Sometimes people just need a single session to talk things through, explore feelings. I offer single sessions either in person or online.
These are set costs however please discuss any barriers to costs with me as I am able to offer limited reduced sessions.
Up to 45 minutes initial conversation to discuss suitability
60 minute session either face to face, online or telephone.
*Reduced rate of £30 for keyworkers through NCS or construction workers via Mates in Mind
Time limited groups are usually 8 x 90/120 minute sessions of no more than 8 participants.
Ongoing therapy groups are weekly and usually 90 minutes with 8-12 participants.
Sessions will still be charged at the full rate if less than 24 hours notice is given and group work is paid in full at least one week before the start of the programme. Full payment details with be discussed with each individual.
Here are some pointers to help you chose the right counsellor for you: -
1. Check they are a member of a professional body who are registered with the Professional Standards Authority This will ensure that your counsellor is fully trained and works to a high ethical standard to keep you safe. For more information this NCS video may help.
2. Does it feel right? Most counsellors will offer an initial consultation. This is just as much an opportunity for you to see if you 'fit' with the counsellor as it is for the counsellor to find out a little about you and why you would like counselling.
3. Shop around! Don't feel you need to use the first counsellor you meet - unless it feels right. Meet with a few counsellors and take your time when choosing. A good counsellor will not be offended if you choose someone else, they may even be able to suggest someone else.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please get in touch using the details below.
My working hours vary and I do include some evenings so please do get in touch to find a mutually suitable time.