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Counselling, Mindfulness Now, and Crisis Sessions

 

I provide in-person one-to-one counselling, mindfulness, and crisis sessions for women & non-binary people - LGTBQ inclusive. I also offer the above therapies online - for all genders.

I provide a calm, non-judgemental, trauma-sensitive space that recognises your humanity and individuality. 

Counselling

My therapeutic approach is integrative and holistic. This means I am sensitive and flexible - using person-centered/humanistic counseling, CBT, mindfulness , or a mixture of approaches according to your needs. This is discussed, explored and negotiated during your first session, and reviewed as regularly as necessary to keep our work together comfortable and meaningful for you. 

Using the bio-psycho-social model of health in our work together, we will consider all the factors effecting you - physically, emotionally, socially - and spiritually -  and in doing so, consider the whole of you - mind, body and spirit.

 

My therapeutic space is itself trauma-informed - a soft, human and mindful alternative to the harsh sterile environments, institutions and structures we often find ourselves in - particularly at times of personal difficulty.

I work with clients experiencing a range of circumstances, from issues with interpersonal relationships, home life and work, to sudden life-changing circumstances, shock, overwhelm, stress, anxiety and panic, agoraphobia, low self-esteem, insomnia, depression,  and other concerns effecting mental-emotional-physical health and wellbeing. 

I have attended extra training in Single-Session therapy with prof Windy Dryden,, with Dr Gabor Mate in his Compassionate Enquiry approach, in Emotion-Focussed counselling, working outside conventional diagnosis, grief and bereavement, OCD, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, diversity, equality and inclusion. I have experience in working with neurodivergence. 

 

I am experienced in working alongside conventional mental health diagnoses, and equally comfortable in working purely with you and your individual experience. 

Single Session Therapy

The single session approach is based on the following principles:

That therapy lasts exactly as long as it lasts- and that sometimes it only lasts one session! 

The intent is  to make each session meaningful and beneficial. 

That people have within them the power and drive to help themselves.

A single-session approach allows a client to dip a toe into an issue, or into the experience of therapy, without feeling they are expected to commit to regular - or long-term-sessions.

After a single session, the client is free to decide whether they need more help - whether in further single sessions, or more regular appointments.

It is for the client to decide.

Single session therapy can help people with all sorts of issues - so long as the goal for the session is realistic. 

Single session therapy is now used in universities, clinics, - and even festivals.

 

 

   

Crisis Sessions

I understand that circumstances- whether built-up or sudden - can provoke strong physical and psychological responses leading to sudden anxiety and overwhelm. This can be frightening and destabilizing. This is why I offer 1.5/2 hr ‘crisis’ sessions - either a longer counselling session,  a guided mindfulness-based stress reduction/CBT/ relaxation skills session- or a combination of both - according to your needs and preferences on the day. These sessions aim to understand and dull the fight or flight response, reactivate the parasympathetic nervous system, helping to soothe, calm and ground. The aim is also to give you tools to use at home - including a recording of any guided mindfulness exercises used during the session, which can be listened to whenever you choose. This can help daily relaxation practice, and also potentially used at night if sleep is an issue. Because sometimes it can really help to simply remember how it feels to be relaxed.

These sessions can either be one-offs or a series – depending on your needs.

A kind note: Crisis sessions are intended for people experiencing an emotional shock/crisis/anxiety spike/overwhelm. these are not full, or in-depth counselling sessions and are not intended as an alternative where emergency medical or mental health intervention or support is needed.

Has your life experience left you with a negative perception - or even fear - of counselling?

Whilst some find conventional therapy settings reassuring, many find the institutional surroundings, systems and attitudes – even the reception and waiting areas, can trigger memories of previous difficult experiences – whether from school, work, the health, benefits or justice system, even in our own home and relationships - anywhere we felt unseen and disempowered. In counseling you need to feel seen and empowered, so as an alternative to the norm, I provide face-to-face Counseling, Mindfulness Support and Bodywork in a calm, gentle, confidential holistic therapeutic space that recognises your humanity and individuality. Whilst I am experienced in working alongside conventional mental health diagnoses, I am also comfortable working purely with you and your individual experience.I always work Holistically – so that in finding a therapeutic way forward together, we will consider the whole of you - Mind, Body and Spirit.

Prices for Counselling, Mindfulness, Combined Sessions, Talking Therapy-based Crisis Sessions 
 

Counselling - Single Session 1 hr £50

 Single Session or book-as-you-go session 

8 pre-booked weekly sessions: £45 per session (£360 prepaid, or alternatively, the 8th session reduced to £10 - effectively offering the same discount.) 

Concession: Counselling trainees / people receiving certain benefits:  One-off or book-as-you-go session - £45

8 weekly pre-booked sessions: £40 per session(£320 prepaid, or alternatively, £45 with the 8th session £5 - effectively offering the same discount.)

A single session can be a one-off, or lead to further sessions if you feel it would be helpful.

Counselling - Single Session 1.5 hr £70

Extended single-session or book-as-you-go session 

Extended sessions can be useful for those who only want one session, or who prefer longer gaps between sessions and therefore find a longer session more beneficial.

Counselling & Mindfulness combined 1.5 hr Single Session/book-as-you-go £70

1 hr of counselling followed by 30 mins guided mindfulness-based relaxation with recording for home use

 8 prepaid weekly sessions £480 (For those who cannot afford to prepay, I offer the same reduction on the 8th session which is reduced to £25.)

 

Counselling & Mindfulness combined 2 hr Single Session/Book-as-you-go Session £90

Combining an extended 1.5 hr counselling session with 30 mins guided mindfulness based relaxation with recording for home use


Crisis Session 1.5 hrs  For sudden shock/ anxiety/insomnia spike/overwhelm £70

Combining elements of counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness - according to your needs on the day 


 Crisis Session  For sudden shock/ anxiety/insomnia spike/overwhelm 2 hrs  £90 

Combining elements of counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness - according to your needs on the day

 Mindfulness Now Session 1.5 hrs £65

One-off or book-as-you-go session  

Prepaid 8 week course - £480 (For those who cannot afford to prepay, I offer the same reduction on the 8th session which is reduced to £25.)

 Mindfulness Session 1.5 hrs £65

 1.5 hr Mindfulness plus Reflexology (with Aromatherapy) - For Women  £65 

30 mins guided mindfulness-based relaxation with recording for home use, followed by 1 hr reflexology

2 hr Mindfulness with Reflexology (with aromatherapy)  - For Women £80

1 hr guided mindfulness-based relaxation with recording for home use, followed by 1 hr reflexology

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