Counsellor Central Leicester (BACP Accredited)
"Counselling helped me realise that change is possible."
I'm currently offering online and telephone counselling. I plan to offer counselling in-person once Government restrictions and advice allow.
Life is difficult at times and I can help you with life's emotional difficulties. I'm a BACP registered and accredited counsellor/psychotherapist based in central Leicester and I can help you with struggles such as:
It might not always feel like it, but it is possible to come through to the other side. Often talking to family or friends is enough to get through your problems. The passage of time can be a great healer. But not always. Your mental health and emotional wellbeing are important and taking your emotional difficulties to a counsellor or therapist can be the way forward. What is important to know is that no-one has to just ‘put up with it’ or ‘pull themselves together’. This is where working with an experienced counsellor in a confidential, comfortable and safe environment could be helpful to you.
For those of you who may be struggling with an immediate mental health crisis or need specialist support with problems you are experiencing with a current domestic abuse situation, ongoing alcohol and substance use or a recent sexual assault, please see my Useful Links page.
The Counselling Journey
It may seem like a well worn cliché, but therapy has often been likened to a personal journey. A journey where difficulties that have been affecting your life - whether it be work, home, family, relationships or social life - can be explored with a professional counsellor/therapist, in a professional, safe, confidential and supportive environment. As your counsellor, I don't give you advice, tell you what to do or how to go about doing it. Everyone is different and what works for one person may not be helpful to another. What I do is offer you the time and space for you to work through those personal problems that can make life so difficult. Problems like anxiety, depression, relationship issues or lack of self-esteem. Problems that stem from your past, or problems triggered by more recent events in your life. You can learn what 'makes you tick' and how you relate to others (and why). You can understand what works - and doesn't work - for you. I will work alongside you on this journey and help you find your own way.
Finding your Way
Through exploring your experiences and examining how your past may have played a part in bringing you to where you are now, the counselling journey enables you to bring about change. This change could include differences in how you see yourself, your self-esteem, how you relate to others, how you tackle life's challenges, how you live your life in general. Counselling can be difficult at times, but working through your experiences with the support of your counsellor/therapist can help you bring about the change you need. In short, counselling can help you find your way - whatever that may be to you.
Why Private Counselling?
If you choose private counselling rather than counselling through the NHS, you have choice ....
As your counsellor, I won't give you an official diagnosis (which can sometimes be given to third parties such as insurance companies or employers). I see you as a person, not an illness or a label.
I offer both daytime and early evening appointments (for those who need an after work session) from my comfortable Leicester city centre therapy room. My business hours are:
Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 11am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 12.30pm
Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
The health and safety of my clients is important, and with rising coronavirus numbers, I am not yet offering in-person counselling. I am still offering telephone or online counselling and I am keeping an eye on the coronavirus situation. I hope to start transitioning back to working from my Leicester city centre practice as soon as it is sensible to do so.
If you want to arrange an initial session by phone or online, please feel free to contact me at any time and I will respond as soon as I can. If you have health insurance with AXA Health or Aviva, please contact you insurer first to obtain the necessary authorisation.
For the initial consultation I charge £20. This meeting, which can be up to 50 minutes, gives us an opportunity to explore whether counselling may be helpful to you at this point in time. After this initial meeting counselling would be weekly 50 minute sessions. Individual counselling fees are £45 per session and for couples, £55 per session. I usually take payment by cheque, bank transfer or cash however because of the current situation, I am only able to take payment by bank transfer for the time being.
Therapist in Leicester City Centre
At the moment, I'm unable to offer face-to-face counselling. However, once I return to working in person, my therapy practice is based in Rutland House, a beautiful listed building on Friar Lane. Near the centre of the old town of Leicester, it is accessible by public transport and with nearby car parking; this makes it easily accessible for anyone living or working in central Leicester, the surrounding areas and Leicestershire as a whole. Car parking details can be found at Next Steps.
Please be aware that my therapy room is situated on the first floor and because of the listed nature of the building, there is no lift and access is via the stairs only.
As my therapy practice is based in Leicester city centre, there is easy access to both public transport and nearby car parking. I look forward to meeting with you to understand how we can work together to make life's journey less difficult to navigate.
Counselling & Psychotherapy Trainees
For those of you who are counselling/psychotherapy trainees, I am BACP accredited and my training and central way of working is psychodynamic.
Counselling or Therapy - which is it?
In short, it's both!
Some people talk about seeing a counsellor, others talk about seeing a therapist. People talk about going to counselling, or they talk about their therapy. I view them as different terms for the same thing. That's why you might notice I've mixed the terms and used them interchangeably. So go for whatever term you feel most comfortable with - the process is all the same.
Should I Start Taking Anti-Depressants?
This is a question I am sometimes asked. Taking psychiatric medication can prove helpful as a short-term measure although some people find the experience unpleasant. You may find it helpful to do some independent research and discuss the advantages and disadvantages with your GP or other prescriber. You may find this summary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Prescribed Drug Dependence information a useful starting point.