Msc/PGDip Counselling Psychology
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional level 2
BPS Registered Applied Psychology Practice supervisor; QCoP and Clinical Practice.
CPsychol AFBPsS MBACP
This site offers lots of information and advice to help you decide if therapy is right for you at this time
What do I do now?
If you have come to this site then chances are you are seeking support either for yourself, a friend or family member.
Well done for taking this first step!
"How does it work?"
"Is counselling the right thing for me?"
"Will I be tied into a fixed contract I can’t get out of? "
Therapy can be a terrifying prospect for many clients and rightly so. It is not an easy journey and the sunshine does not always come quickly. It may take you to places that are painful, dark, depressing, and despairing. It can seem grey and bleak for some of the time and feel as though your are going backwards not forwards.
But if you can find the courage to face this darkness then there is hope that from it you will find a spectrum of colourful emotions, of joy, hope, happiness, laughter, sadness, guilt, anger, love, excitement, jealousy........a rainbow of emotions where the sun and the clouds can exist together in a place where life seems more prosperous and fulfilling.
To reach the rainbow you need to experience both the rain and sun
You may have many questions and concerns about counselling that may put you off starting.
Please don’t panic!
We take things one step at a time, at your pace, and there is never any obligation to commit at any time. You have autonomy to leave, as much as you do to start, this process. Follow these guidelines so we can work together to help find solutions to your problems.
TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME!
Find out more about Spectrums practice and have a look around my website to see if you 'feel' I may be the right person for you. Trust your instinct!
At no point are you obliged to continue working with me. It is important you feel you have control of this process and have the autonomy at any point to withdraw. Have a look at the therapy agreement to get an idea of how things will work.
Make contact with me in a way you feel most comfortable.
Some people want to remain somewhat anonymous through an email, some want to head straight into booking an assessment session and start talking then, others may just want a casual chat with me first to just get a feel of things. Contact me and we can take it from there.
When you feel ready we will arrange a time and date to do an initial assessment.
This may be longer than a normal session so that we can complete paperwork and gives us both the opportunity to understand what is going on for you. It also gives us both the chance to get to know each other and decide if it feels counselling is the right thing for you at this time.
Again at this stage there is no obligation to continue. You may feel it is not the right time for you yet. You may choose to meet a number of counsellors until you find the right match for you. This is ok as it is important for us that you get the right help for you when you are ready to embrace it.
We agree to work together and establish a regular day and time of the week for you to come for 50 minute sessions. I do not set a limit on how long we work together as this is not possible to measure.
Please have a read of the general therapy agreement to get further details about the process of counselling and more.
If you are feeling uncertain about how best to attend therapy in light of COVID-19 please read the following guidance or go to How to attend therapy? to help you consider your options.
What people say
I just wanted to drop you an email to thank you again for your support whilst I was unwell last year and give you a quick update on my exciting journey (which you have absolutely contributed to).
I have finally found the courage to break free from (ommited) and will depart at the end of September. I’ve accepted a position (omitted) for (omitted)
I think although it will be a great and stimulating professional challenge, I’ve come to the conclusion that a slightly slower pace of life by the sea will suit me better and help me to stay well indefinitely.
Thank you muchly for being my sound board and helpful, wise guide all those months.
Julie has supported me through a number of complex and traumatic events over the past five years.
She has created a warm and safe environment where I felt able to speak freely, without the fear of being judged.
Julie has helped me develop resilience and tools to cope as I move on in my life.
I will always be deeply grateful for her patience and hard work.
Being chartered by the BPS and HPC and as a member of the BACP I am bound by their ethical framework for good practice in Counselling Psychology and subject to the professional conduct procedure therein.