Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns. Your counsellor will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.

A counsellor will not give you their opinions or advice or prescribe medication. They will help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems.  BACP

The counselling sessions will take place weekly face to face at The Lifehouse Therapy Centre, Southchurch, or walking and talking at an agreed location, or on zoom if you have opted for online counselling.. 

Our meetings will last for 50 minutes (the clinical hour).

I like to use a variety of writing methods to complement the talking aspect of our sessions as writing can allow for deeper insight and also more considered analysis than through just talking alone.

After our initial assessment I will send you a free gift if you are happy for me to send this to your address.  This gift takes the form of a journal.  Throughout our time together I thoroughly recommend that you use the journal, or a journal of your own choosing.  Your journal entries could include free writing and reflections or homework prompts in response to material covered in our sessions.  There is no pressure to engage in this part of the process if you do not wish to do so and it is your choice if you merely wish to engage in just a talking therapy with myself.  It is up to you how much you share of your journal with me, if at all, so please do not be deterred by issues with grammar or appearance.  I will not ask you to show me your entries but you are free to read me extracts if you so wish.  I would however be interested in your personal reflections on where the writing has taken you on your journey.

The benefits to keeping a journal include:

  • Gaining deeper insights into what is happening in your life.
  • The process of writing in comfortable surroundings, at home by yourself, reduces your inhibitions.
  • Having a journal of your journey will provide you with a record to reflect on and look back on in the future.

Please note that if you do decide to participate in the journaling aspect of counselling please ensure that you have a safe place for your journal.  Your friends and family may be tempted to snoop if you make it easy for them.  I recommend a locking file cabinet if possible.  Do whatever you need to do to feel safe and protected so you can write without hesitation or self-censorship, this may even include using code words.

Please note, if you wish to send me anything via email I use Proton mail which is an encrypted email service.