Around a quarter of people in the UK have accessed counselling at least once in their life. That is expected to increase with further social campaigning around mental health, wellbeing and social issues. Gone are the days of counselling and therapy being taboo, and thank goodness for that!
Counselling is an effective way of managing and understanding your mental health, improving your wellbeing and providing self-care. People choose counselling for all kinds of reasons throughout different stages of their life. Whilst access to free counselling through the NHS and the workplace is improving, many people choose to work with a private counsellor like myself.
How can I help?
I can offer one to one talk therapy with young people and adults from my home in Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire. I am also able to work in Burnley centre, Blackburn centre and Preston centre. I can provide counselling online using a secure service for those who live further away or have disabilities which make travel and access difficult. I use a combination of counselling and therapy skills to help people improve their wellbeing.
It can get very confusing when looking around for a counsellor and seeing there are so many different kinds! Talk therapy is also known as a person-centred or humanistic approach to counselling.
My approach is one where our relationship will be one of trust, honesty, empathy, compassion, and non-judgement as well as a gentle challenge. The end goal is to help you improve your wellbeing for the long term. It isn't a quick fix, but you can begin to feel better, and that is something we can work towards together.
I will be able to offer practical strategies alongside talk therapy when I see it is appropriate.
I also use creative approaches to counselling and there will be room for us to explore this together. But only if you want to, and if it is useful. There will be no pressure for you to do or be anything other than yourself.
I will work professionally in line with my training. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and will adhere to the BACP code of ethics.
What can I help with?
Some of the issues I have experience working with are:
anxiety and depression
self-esteem and confidence
death, loss and bereavement
identity and sexuality
How much will it cost?
I currently charge £35 per hour whilst working from home in Padiham, Burnley. I am able to work from Burnley centre, Blackburn centre and Preston centre for a higher fee of £45.
I do hold a limited number of £20 reduced fee appointments per week for students, people receiving benefits and low earners. Please enquire to see if I have any appointments available at a reduced fee if this fits with you.
Why is counselling so expensive?
It's a real shame that the cost of counselling is expensive at a time when so many are struggling for money and I would encourage anyone unable to afford private counselling to look for counselling charities locally which do a great job.
Counsellors charge a seemingly high fee for many reasons - they don't spend every working hour at the rate of £35! A lot of our time is spent on admin, further training, networking, promotion and planning our work.
We also have a lot of outgoing fees such as insurance, professional memberships, supervision and further training.
All of this is reflected in the cost.
What is the free initial session?
This is a 30-minute meeting where we can meet one another without a fee or any obligation to continue with counselling.
You will be able to ask any questions you have about counselling and what I offer. I am a big believer in finding a counsellor that is a good fit for you - we are not all trained the same way or have the same expertise. And just like in any walk of life, you aren't guaranteed to get on with everyone!
I will use it as an opportunity to find out more about you and what you are looking for. It's important to ensure I have the right skills and training for your needs.
Why choose private counselling?
Working with a private counsellor can mean you access the help you are looking for sooner. There is more flexibility with the time of your appointments with weekend and evening bookings available. Very often, a private counsellor will work in a discreet and comfortable setting which might help you to relax and enjoy your time there. Many people I've worked with have preferred my homely setting. You will also have more control over how long we work together.