Initial consultation Free
Adult sessions - video/phone/face-to-face options £50 for 1hr
Children (play and art based) - face-to-face only £50 for 50min
Young people (talking therapy) - video/phone/face-to-face £50 for 1hr
Concessions - trainee counsellors £35 for 1hr
Other concession rates are available upon discussion and dependent on individual circumstances.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss any particular preferences or requirements that you may have. If I'm unable to accommodate then I may be able to suggest other options.
There is no right, wrong or more successful way to have your counselling sessions - it all depends on what you feel most comfortable with and works for you. We would initially agree the time, place and method of counselling but it is ok to change, or even mix and match, until we find the way that best suits your needs. One of my key strengths as a counsellor is building a supportive relationship and working alongside you to explore and understand your world from your perspective. This means I'm curious, creative and adaptable to tailor the sessions to your needs so we can work together to achieve what you want or need from the sessions. The cornerstone of my work is that you are the expert in your own life, therapy should be done "with" and not "to" you and my role is to provide the environment suitable for you to "grow".
There are brief descriptions below to give an idea of the key differences but you might want to consider the following:
Prior to Covid this was the most common way of having counselling sessions. The counsellor provides a comfortable and private space to meet each session. The main benefit is that being in the same space allows full access to voice, facial expressions and body language. In addition having a shared experience within the room brings a greater sense of connection.
Face-to-face sessions would usually be at an agreed location - my own rooms are at Complete Kindness in Tyldesley.
Video sessions provide a good blend of the benefits of face-to-face and the convenience of working online. Being able to see and hear each other means that tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can all be communicated.
Video sessions would commonly be over Zoom but other platforms are available upon discussion. The counsellor sends a secure link each week to be accessed at the agreed time.
This is a popular way of having sessions as you don't have to be in the same place each time. It does rely purely on voice but lots of information and emotion can be conveyed by the tone of voice and pace of speech. Some people prefer this method because it removes the pressure of being "seen" and can feel a safer way of discussing difficult or emotional topics.
Phone sessions would usually be done by counsellors ringing the client at an agreed time.
Play and art based therapies create a safe space where thoughts and feelings can be expressed without talking. The way that we use our creativity gives an insight into how we view and feel about the world around us. A key advantage is that sessions are unique to each individual and breaks down barriers to sharing feelings.
This way of working is common with children/young people but is suitable for ages. The tools and concepts behind creative tasks are often helpful for those who feel uncomfortable or vulnerable with "just talking".