Psychotherapy / Counselling
I offer one-to-one, couples and group therapy for adults (over 18) addressing a range of psychological difficulties such as many forms of anxiety, depression, burnout and low self-esteem. If you are unsure whether I am the right practitioner to help you with your difficulties or if you are unsure whether a psychological approach is best, you can contact me using the details provided on the Contact Me page.
My fees are £75 per session (50-60 min), if you are funding this work yourself. I am registered with most major insurance providers, so I can work with many people whose therapy is funded by their insurance. However, I usually charge higher fees if any third party such as an insurance company is involved, to reflect the additional administrative time generally involved. In this situation, fees will be determined on a case by case basis. Please ask for more information if necessary.
I practice in several locations in East Cheshire, currently in Wilmslow and Poynton.
Counselling & CBT
What is counselling?
Counselling can refer to many different psychotherapeutic approaches delivered by different professionals, including counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists (learn more about the differences here). Some practitioners will simply listen to you, others only apply counselling techniques. I have trained at the highest academic level in psychology and I take an active approach involving a real dialogue with you, using diagrams and handouts. My approach typically includes:
- An initial assessment to identify the unique aspects of your issue(s).
- Developing a meaningful and accurate psychological perspective of you as a person and of your difficulties.
- Identifying the psychological mechanisms which keep you stuck and help you change them.
- Working together to achieve your goals: I will help you become the person you want to be rather than simply ‘fixing’ your problem(s).
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is perhaps the best-recognised counselling approach because of the wealth of scientific evidence which supports its efficacy. My approach is CBT-based: I choose the elements of CBT most helpful to you to address your issues, and use them in combination with elements from many other psychotherapeutic approaches, including:
- Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Mindfulness-based approaches
- Trauma-focused approaches
- Person-Centred Therapy
I can also use ‘pure’ CBT if you prefer or if this is required by your insurance.
Do I need counselling?
Everyone faces psychological difficulties at some point in their life, in the same way that we all have various physical problems. Seeking psychological help makes as much sense as seeing a medical doctor.
Engaging in counselling is a matter of personal choice. Counselling is an effective form of help and if you are experiencing any of the difficulties listed below (or on the ‘Home’ page), suffering in silence is not the only option. To access my help all you need to do is contact me using the details at the top of the page or leave a message on the Contact page.
Most people I see experience some level of anxiety on a daily basis, with a serious impact on their life: waves of overwhelming feelings, panic, shaking, sweating, butterflies in the stomach, difficulties concentrating and sleeping, constant worry, not enjoying anything, feeling isolated. Anxiety often has a negative impact on the whole family, because those who suffer can become short-tempered, snappy or angry. Persistent intense anxiety is often the root cause of depression.
But anxiety is not ‘incurable’ although it often seems like it. I can help you understand and change the psychological factors at play in your anxiety. Often the coping strategies that we use to deal with anxiety provide some immediate relief (even if limited) but unwittingly keep us locked in a vicious circle leading to more and more worrying. I will help you to identify personal coping strategies which do not lead you into vicious circles.