I practice counselling and psychotherapy integratively which means I work flexibly to combine what I believe are the best aspects of the different therapeutic approaches.
My focus is on finding what works…for you. You are a unique individual with a unique history. One size does not fit all.
I provide a safe, nurturing, non-judgmental and confidential environment in which thoughts and feelings can be discussed openly and the path to resolution can become clear.
There’s a lot of misunderstanding and misconception about the stuff that goes on in people’s heads. Sometimes it is just a phase, a bad patch or something you have to live with. But not always. If it begins to interfere with your life, professional help can make all the difference. Together we can create a partnership that focuses on your needs.
I am humbled by the strength and courage it takes to approach a psychotherapist or counsellor, and to heal.
Clients I’ve worked with have found that they gain energy by commencing psychotherapy or counselling because there is hope and movement simply by doing something different that is focused on success for the long term.
Sometimes it is better to take a risk than to remain stuck in a place that doesn’t work. I will work with your mind, not mess with your head.
What is the first step?
An initial consultation is used to explore your reasons for seeking support and the possibility of our working together. I will use a part of the consultation to explain how I work. The initial consultation is additionally your chance to consider whether you might feel comfortable working with me and to ask any questions you may have. Towards the end of the appointment, we will try to reach a decision about whether we both feel we would like to work together and make an agreement about that work. If at the close of the initial consultation you feel you are unable to determine if you would like to work with me, I will encourage you to go away and think about it and contact me once you have reached a decision.
Current research shows that the best predictor of success in therapy is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client(s). At the end of the session we will consider together how to move forward, if you decide you would like to. The frequency of any subsequent sessions would be agreed at our first meeting, though we can always amend this agreement at any time. Depending on what you feel would be most helpful, we can work short term or take a longer term approach.
I adhere to the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the BACP and UKCP.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
– Carl Bard