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17th December 2017 

Counselling and Psychotherapy for those in Derby and Nottingham - Frequently Asked Questions

If you have come directly to this page, I hope that the following brief questions and answers are helpful.

Questions about Counselling and Psychotherapy:
Who Can Benefit?

Counselling and therapy can be beneficial to all types of people.
Individuals approach a counsellor for many reasons: -

  • They are experiencing a crisis or have suffered a bereavement or loss.
  • Abuse was experienced throughout their childhood and they want to make sense of it.
  • They may feel they have no potential in their lives, struggle with depression and are unable to make progress.
  • Some seek support from a counsellor when they are looking to increase their self-awareness.
  • Confidence may be a difficulty and they may be looking to become more assertive in their way of being.
  • Others may have come to a point in their relationships where they feel that they are in crisis and want to discuss this with a trained counsellor.

    How Long Will I Need Counselling?

    For some clients six to eight weekly 50 minute sessions is enough to help them deal with a specific problem.

    Clients may need longer support in order to explore both their childhood and present day issues. Under these circumstances clients can chose to work with a counsellor for a period of up to a year.

    If clients are having to deal with severe trauma they may well decide to continue in therapy for longer. However, this time scale is not limited to these clients. Clients who are focusing on personal development may chose to take a longer term approach to their therapy.

    The term can very from client to client.

    How Much Does It Cost?

    My fees are 40 per session.

    I do offer a limited number of concessionary places for those on low incomes.

    What About Confidentiality?

    The content of sessions is confidential, as outlined in the professional Code of Ethics of my governing body - United Kingdom for Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKCP). You may consider letting your Doctor know that you are receiving counselling, particularly if you are taking medication or you are experiencing physical symptoms of which your doctor is not yet aware.

    What Do I Do Now?

    Please feel free to contact me by phone or email.
    If you get in touch by telephone, kindly leave your name, number and a short message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you contact me via email, please leave your name, contact number and a few details. Again, I will reply to your email as soon as possible.
    An initial assessment meeting can be arranged, without commitment, so that you can meet me and make a considered choice as to the options available to you.

    My office is in Derby.



    MY QUALIFICATIONS
    Professional Qualifications - How I qualified to offer counselling and psychotherapy in Derby and Nottingham

    My qualifications include:

  • Masters of Art (MA) in Integrative Psychotherapy

  • Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling (Higher Education)

    I am committed to my ongoing professional development and regularly attend seminars and workshops with leading trainers from the international field of counselling and psychotherapy. In so doing I am continuously extending my knowledge base and experience, and supporting my work with a wider range of client's difficulties.

    For example:
    Problems with significant and close relationships.
    Self-confidence and low self-esteem difficulties.
    The impact and effects of childhood trauma and abuse.
    Difficulties with coping with depression.
    Coming to terms with a recent loss or bereavement.


    I have a specific interest and understanding of dissociation. This is a coping mechanism used in times of severe trauma. I offer training and workshops around dissociation, healing and the therapeutic relationship.

    I am qualified and have experience of successfully working with clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and mild personality disorders. However, if your problem is chronic, I will advise you of agencies who deal with these specialist areas of work.

    Other Relevant Experience:

    Before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist, I worked for over twenty years as a Legal Assistant to the Senior Partner in a Derby based Solicitor's practice.

    I am therefore well-placed to support clients who are trying to cope with:-

  • The recent lose of a loved one.

  • The pressures of separation and divorce.

  • Have recently been involved in an accident.

  • Are going through the stress of moving home.

    As a counsellor and psychotherapist I am qualified to offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals who live in the Derby area.