Counselling in Shildon

Looking for counselling in Shildon or the surrounding area? Then you are in the right place.

What is Counselling?

We all have times where we are facing issues which are overwhelming and difficult. We may be feeling stuck, trapped, and unable to move forwards. Things can seem bleak. Counselling can help to clear our minds and find the space we need to explore other options. We work together, looking at what can be changed and implementing plans for moving forward. Counselling can also be useful for learning to accept the things out of our control, and instead focus on what we can control.

Counselling provides an empowering and safe space to really dig into our emotions and see what is at the root. We can express difficult emotions, without a fear of rejection or disapproval, so that we can then move forwards in a constructive way. This can help in purging negative emotions and annoyances which have been building up – without an appropriate outlet – so that our minds are then free to think more positively.

My Counselling Framework

I work from a person-centred position, in which the client (that means YOU!) is the most important factor. I offer you my focused time and attention during your sessions. This fosters an environment to support psychological growth, development and wellbeing. My goal is always to enable you to become the fullest version of yourself that you can be. I work in accordance with the ethical framework of the BACP, which is the counselling membership body to which I belong.

My primary training is around person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapy. However, I also draw upon other approaches in order to tailor the therapy to your individual needs. I can provide ongoing therapy to explore complex issues, or a single-session on a specific issue depending on what you would prefer. You can find out more about me here.

My fee is £40 per 60 minute session (including time for admin such as payments and booking subsequent sessions).

Your first session includes an additional 30 minutes at the start. This is to discuss your needs and to establish whether we are a right fit for one another.

Going Ahead With Counselling

Should we decide to move forwards together with counselling, we would go through a counselling agreement. This will set out the boundaries and expectations of the therapeutic relationship – such as procedures for cancellations, and what to do if you have a complaint – so that we have a clear shared understanding of how we will work together. We will also complete a client information form, which will record your personal information and information regarding your reasons for seeking counselling. All information is stored securely in accordance with GDPR legislation and ICO guidance.

What If We Don’t “Click”?

If you decide to not go ahead with myself after those 30 minutes, there is no obligation to continue. You can leave and no cost will be incurred. If I feel that I am not the correct counsellor for you at that moment in time, I will also bring the session to a close then. Here, I would signpost you to other counsellors nearby, or how to find a counsellor on your own. This may be if I am unable to work safely with you for reasons such as not having appropriate experience with your issue, or due to a personal connection to yourself or similar issues. I aim to provide an ethical and safe service, and would not continue should this prove impossible.

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