Once I have received an enquiry message from you, I aim to respond within 24 hours. I will arrange a time for us to speak on the phone to help us both decide whether I am the right therapist for you and will then hopefully arrange a mutually convenient appointment time for us to start work together. If, for whatever reason, I do not feel that I am the right therapist for you, I will try to signpost you to a more appropriate service sot hat you get the support you need.
Most people feel quite apprehensive about their first session. I understand this, having been there myself, and will do everything I can to make you feel at ease quickly. This session is about us both getting to know each other. You will be able to tell me what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to achieve by coming. Don't worry though if you don't know what has prompted you to come - that's quite normal - we can explore it together. The first session will also include a little bit of paperwork to ensure that we both are in agreement as to how therapy will work.
I wish that I could give you a clear answer to this, but it really depends on the individual, and what they want to work through. I recommend that you initially plan to have between 4+6 sessions, so that we can really get to know each other, build a good relationship and paln a way forward. At this point we may well have a better sense, together, as to how long you want to continue for. Some people continue therapy for a couple of months, others for rather longer. We will regularly review how you feel it is going to ensure that you are still finding it beneficial. Some people may find that in the early stages of therapy as they stop, and begin to focus on themselves, they feel as if things are moving backwards rather than forwards. This is very normal and understandable. I would really urge you not to stop at this point but to commit to those early weeks so that you can begin to feel better.
I work with individual adults age 16+.
I currently work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I aim to work flexibly and sometimes have evening slots available.
It is very understandable to feel anxious the first time you come to therapy, but there really is no need to bring anyone. However, if you really feel you need someone with you, I would suggest that they leave you at the door and maybe come back to pick you up outside at the end of the session. The therapeutic relationship is unlike any other relationship. Having an extra person in the room will, undoubtably, change what you feel able to share and is likely to hinder you making the progress that you want to, irrespective of how close your relationship may be.
I am currently offering sessions via the telephone, online (zoom) and face-to-face. Telephone and online therapy has become much more "the norm" during the covid pandemic and has been found to be highly beneficial. However, some people feel that they need that face-to-face in the room presence of their therapist. I am therefore offering face-to-face as well.
Our first appointment will be confirmed once I receive payment. I ask that this is at least 48 hours before our appointment. Subsequent appointments I ask for payment at least 2 working days in advance.
My preferred method of payment is bank transfer. However, if bank transfers are not an option for you we can discuss alternatives.
I have a bright and airy therapy room in the middle of the high street in the pretty village of Norton on the outskirts of Stockton-on-Tees.
The address is 117a Norton High Street, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 1AA
As you enter 117a, the stairs are directly in front of you. On the first floor on the right you will find a small waiting area and I will meet you there to welcome you into our session.
There is usually, free parking available on the high street . Alternatively, there is a free car park at the top of the high street behind Home Start charity shop (approx 100 yards)