The nature of the counselling and psychotherapy service.
For most counsellors and psychotherapists, training is not a one-off period and ideally continues for the duration of their professional lives. As a result, the support offered to clients continues to broaden in its range. Given this I have continued with studies over the years and therefore have knowledge in the following approaches –
My UKCP registration, however, was gained by training in Gestalt Therapy and this approach constitutes my main mode of intervention.
What this means in English is that I belong to the school of thought known as the "Humanistic" therapies i.e. those based on the belief that therapist and client are equal partners in the venture, not expert and patient. The therapist's job, therefore, is to strive to be a genuine human being, to understand and feel for the client and to refrain from judging or directing them.
What is Gestalt?
Gestalt is a philosophy of life and a psychological model that can be used for learning, healing and personal growth. The primary focus of Gestalt is on the quality of the "Contact" between our Selves and the environments that we live in, with particular regard to the other people in those environments, and how this Contact affects the degree of satisfaction and fulfilment that we gain from life.
Gestalt is one of the "Humanistic" therapies. This means that it is underpinned by the view that every individual has value and is to be respected without judgment.
The Gestalt view is that all information and resources needed for our growth are present in the immediate moment - the "here and now". Given this, a Gestalt therapist may help to increase self-awareness by offering reflections on how the person seems to be in the counselling session and by discussing what might be the significance of this for the person's life in general. Emphasis is placed on the safety and support of the person in order to create an environment in which the challenges of their life can best be contemplated and resolved.
Counselling and Psychotherapy terms and conditions.
1. Confidentiality. The therapist will consider all information about the client to be completely confidential and will not discuss the work with any third party. Discussion with any other individuals is entirely the prerogative of the client.
Please note, however, that there are two important exceptions to this principle:
i) The therapist may occasionally need to discuss an issue with a colleague known as “the supervisor”. Should this be necessary, no identifying details will be disclosed and discussion will be restricted to issues within the therapeutic work.
ii) If, in the therapist's professional opinion, there is danger to any individual.
i) The current fee is £40 per 60 minute session.
ii) Sessions are normally weekly or fortnightly and the number of sessions required by the client will be discussed in the introductory session.
iii) Fees are normally paid by cash or cheque at the beginning of each session.
3. Absences and cancellations. Booked sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice shall be chargeable.
4. Finishing the work. Although termination of the therapeutic work is entirely the prerogative of the client, it is strongly recommended that at least two full sessions’ notice be given.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, I look forward to hearing from you soon.