How do I get started?

Contact me with a text/call/email and tell me about why you are thinking of starting counselling. I'll get back to you so you can have a space to ask any questions about the process and for us to find out if we will be a good fit together. If it feels good to you we can then arrange our first session.

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Where do we meet for counselling?

I offer in person sessions at The Old Rectory Clinic in Iron acton, online sessions, as well as offering outdoor walking therapy from various locations in the Frampton Cotterell, Yate, Winterbourne area of north Bristol.

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How long does counselling take?

Each session lasts 50 minutes and initally it is best to have sessions weekly.

It usually takes at least 6 sessions to get into the flow of counselling, but we'll work together to decide how many sessions will work for you. We'll have regular review sessions to ensure we're both happy with the progress.

I have routinely worked with people for over 12 months as being in contact for long term therapy can create lasting long term change. However for some people, 6 to 12 sessions is what they need to help them with their current stage in life.

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What can I expect from counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy that provides a safe space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We'll work together to understand what's happening in your life now and, if relevant, explore past experiences that might be influencing you.

Counselling can empower you to manage difficult emotions and develop healthier coping mechanisms. While it may involve challenges, the positive results and changes you can make in your life are worth the effort.

Everything you share will be kept confidential, within the boundaries of professional ethics.

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What happens in the first session?

Our first session is a chance for us to get to know each other better. We'll discuss confidentiality to ensure you feel safe sharing openly. We'll also recap a few administrative details to make sure we're both clear on the process.

Then, we'll begin exploring what brings you to counselling today. Perhaps you'd like to talk about a specific challenge, or a general feeling you've been having. There's no pressure to share your whole life story at once; we can go at your pace and only discuss what you're comfortable with.

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What if I don't know what to talk about or where to start?

It's ok not to know where to being, I'm here to be your guide as we explore what's on your mind. It's natural to start with how you're feeling right now, and that can often lead us to understand the reasons behind seeking therapy and your life experiences.

There's no need to feel obligated to share everything at once. Some people find the first session a perfect opportunity to do just that, while others prefer a more gradual approach. We'll tailor the session to your comfort level and focus on what feels most manageable for you right now.