Therapy can be helpful for people trying to find direction or who want to get their sparkle back, often after a difficult period in their lives.
I am a registered, qualified therapist offering integrated person-centred services, working within a professional, ethical framework. Services include counselling, coaching, and workplace supervision.
You can book a free initial consultation online here (subject to availability).
Take a look at the frequently asked questions below.
“How does it work?”
When you attend your first appointment, I’ll explain a few important details about confidentiality (see below) and then we’ll talk about how I may be able to help. Most people want to look at a particular aspect of their lives that’s not working for them.
You might be suffering with stress, depression or anxiety and want to find practical, effective ways to manage your mental health. You might have lost your mojo at work, or are struggling to recover after the breakdown of a relationship or a bereavement, and want to get your sparkle back.
I offer a free initial consultation to all new clients. This enables us to explore your situation and what you’re hoping to achieve, and how I can help. I offer sessions which last up to 50 minutes each, in Bedford and Milton Keynes (subject to availability). Appointments are also available over the ‘phone (in the UK) and via Skype.
What type of therapy do you offer?
I offer an integrated approach, which means the service I offer can blend models like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), methods like coaching, and philosophies like mindfulness – meaning each situation is tailored to the client. I have worked in a therapeutic setting for over 15 years. (If you’d like to know more about me and my career, click here).
“What’s the difference between counselling and coaching?”
There are many definitions but for me coaching is a solution-focused approach to finding your way forward, creating an action plan and agreeing specific steps to achieve your goal. This can include setting an agenda for the session, being set ‘homework’ and putting time limits on the work we do together. Coaching can incorporate CBT methods, and is particularly useful for people trying to manage anxiety, or having problems getting motivated at work.
Counselling is more fluid, with clients bringing what they want each week to discuss – it’s less solution-focused, and more about acknowledging and managing difficult emotions like depression and grief.
“Is it confidential?”
Yes, with a couple of important exceptions. If you seem to be thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, or disclose that you intend to or already have broken the law, I’m obliged to let the relevant authorities know. I also receive ‘clinical supervision’ during which I discuss my case load anonymously. This means I work with and talk about my cases with another trained counsellor, ensuring the work I do with you remains helpful, and within my remit.
“What if I’m really struggling?”
I will always encourage you to speak to your GP in the first instance, and reach out to organisations like Samaritans who are available 24/7 on 116 123. If you’re really worried about your health call 111 or in an emergency, 999.
“What else do I need to know?”
There are charities in Bedford and Milton Keynes which provide free listening services. You may wish to explore these before paying for services advertised here.
How to book
You can book your free initial consultation here. If you have an enquiry, use the form below to get in touch. Messages are answered during office hours. Private and Corporate clients welcome.