Are you finding it difficult to cope at work?
Are you having relationship difficulties?
Have you recently lost someone you care about?
Are you feeling stressed or anxious?

How counselling helps

Are you feeling stressed or anxious or have you lost someone you care about? Having relationship difficulties, feeling down or finding it difficult to cope at work?

These and other challenges are a natural part of life but can sometimes be difficult to manage on your own.

Counselling is not just for people who have mental health issues.   It’s for anyone who feels stuck or is going through a tough time which they are finding difficult to sort out on their own.

In today’s world you don’t always have people near to you who you can share problems with and even if you do, sometimes it feels easier to talk to someone impartial.

Busy lives often mean that you don’t have time for yourself. Taking even an hour a week to see a counsellor gives you that space and time, away from everyday life, to focus and reflect on yourself and what’s troubling you.

What to expect

Counselling and psychotherapy are often referred to as the “talking therapies”, but it is more than just a chat. It is not unusual for you to be nervous if you have not experienced counselling before but your counsellor will do what they can to put you at your ease.

They will use their experience to support and encourage you as you discuss whatever problems brought you to counselling. Together you will explore your thoughts and feelings, talk about your difficulties and develop new ways of understanding them and strategies for making the changes you want to make.

Counselling is not always easy. You may revisit memories you would rather forget and talk about feelings you are not used to exploring. But most people find it is worth it and you won’t be doing it on your own.

My approach

Counselling is not about telling you what to do or giving you advice. I will listen to you without judging or criticising, and respect your views and experiences.

I bring my experience of having helped other people in similar situations. But each person is different so it is important that I understand your needs and can respond in the best ways to help you achieve your goals.

I don’t believe in open-ended counselling; some difficulties may need a few sessions and some may mean that we work together for longer. It is important to review things along the way to make sure that you are getting what you need and then together decide how to continue.

As everyone is an individual, I offer whatever approach or techniques will work best for them. But I also strongly believe that this is less important than the fact that at the heart of successful therapy is trust and the relationship that we both create.

Questions?

You may have questions, so here is some information based on the questions that seem to be asked most frequently.

What sort of things can I discuss in counselling?

People seek counselling for help with all sorts of difficulties. Sometimes they may not have a clear idea of what the problem is but just know that something is not “right” and they want help. The most common reasons people come to counselling include:

  • Depression
  • Stress and social anxiety
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Workplace difficulties
  • Relationship problems
  • Impact of trauma or abuse

 How often will I need to come?

This will vary for each individual and is something we will discuss at our initial assessment session and continue to review as we work together.

Will what we talk about be confidential?

Yes, what we talk about in our sessions will be confidential. Only if I feel that you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else, will I have to “break” this confidentiality. Normally this would mean talking to your GP and if so I would always talk to you about this first.   I follow the BACP code of ethics.

In addition I have regular supervision to ensure best practice, during which we will discuss clients. We do so without using names or specific identifying information.

I may make notes during and after our sessions, but these are for my own reference only and are kept securely, as are any client contact details.

What will happen at our first appointment?

The first session is a chance for us to start to get to know each other. I will probably talk and ask a lot more questions than in later sessions, so that I can assess if and how I can best help.   It is also a chance for you to assess me and how you feel about us working together.

If at the end of the session we both want to go ahead we will discuss how we do this and the practicalities, such as sessions timings and frequency, payment etc.

How much will it cost?

My fees for one-to-one adult counselling are £60 per session

Group fees (available on enquiry)

How long are counselling sessions?

Sessions for one-to-one counselling are an hour long.

How do I pay?

If you are funding therapy yourself you will typically pay cash for each session on the day. We can discuss other payment options at your first session if you prefer to pay in advance.

If you have been referred to me via your Employee Assistance Programme, then they will arrange payment with me directly.

About

I originally qualified as a Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counsellor but have subsequently trained in a number of different approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I hold certificates in both Cognitive Behavioral Coaching and Performance Coaching and a Diploma in Stress Management.

I am registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and as such follow their code of ethics. I undertake regular training to update my knowledge and skills and am supervised to ensure safe practice for both my clients and myself.

I work mostly in private practice offering one-to-one therapy to adults who come to me directly, although I do accept referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) or from medical practitioners.

In addition I occasionally offer group counselling for people who want support for specific difficulties, such as stress management or bereavement. Working as part of a group with people who are facing similar challenges offers a different experience and benefits to individual counselling.

Contact

You can contact Mary Anne by phone or email with any queries you have.

If you don’t get through immediately please leave a message and all calls will be treated confidentially.  Just leave details of how you prefer me to contact you and any messages I leave for you will be discreet.

Email: enquiries@thamescounselling.com

Phone: 07880 972774

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