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Counselling in Plymouth

Helping you navigate life’s challenges

No-one should have to put up with feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or dissatisfied with life. Change can be possible even when it seems impossible. My goal is to help you get back to feeling like yourself again — or even better – as quickly as possible and with long-lasting effect. Whilst change can take time, in most cases it needn’t take many months or years. I’ve seen people make transformational changes in a matter of weeks. It’s amazing how quickly you can turn things around and get your life back on track when you’re fully committed to the counselling process.

What is counselling?

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a trained professional, in privacy and confidence, about any issues that are distressing you. You may want to talk about a specific problem or more general feelings of dissatisfaction with your life. Whilst your past can’t be changed, counselling can help you gain new perspectives on your problems so that you can move forward in more positive ways. As your counsellor, my role isn’t about telling you what you should or shouldn’t do. Instead, it’s about helping you to explore possible solutions and make the right choices for you so that you can take control back over your life and feel better.

How can counselling help?

During your counselling sessions, we’ll figure out what’s keeping you stuck, decide how best to move forwards so that you can feel better and get on with living a happier life. When situations can’t be changed — for example, losing a loved one or living with an illness — we’ll work together to help you find ways to build your resilience so that you can accept and adjust to your circumstances and feel more positive about yourself and your life again.

What’s my counselling approach?

As an integrative counsellor, I combine several therapeutic models into my counselling practice. This allows me to draw upon the best treatment methods to suit your individual needs.

Previous clients have described me as personable, friendly, calming, reassuring and positive. Whilst counselling can be a sombre experience for obvious reasons, many clients comment on finding their sessions with me to be an uplifting and positive experience.

Getting the most out of your counselling sessions

To get the most out of the counselling process, be prepared to:

  • share your thoughts and feelings openly;
  • raise any questions, doubts or concerns you might have during counselling or therapy;
  • complete any homework tasks as best as you can.

Are there any risks with counselling?

You may experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions during counselling. These can be either positive or negative, and will vary in type and intensity according to individual differences and circumstances. Therefore, you may notice some changes in your thinking, your emotions or in your physical well-being. This is usually quite normal and we’ll discuss this during the sessions. 

How many counselling sessions will you need?

Each session lasts one hour but the number of sessions required varies from person to person. Work on specific problems may take only a few sessions, whereas deep-rooted problems may take longer.

Is counselling confidential?

I follow strict guidelines around confidentiality and will discuss this with you at our first meeting. However, there are some general exceptions to confidentiality:

  • where there is a risk of harm to yourself or others;
  • under the Prevention of Terrorism Act;
  • under subpoena or summons as a witness in a law court.