BACP Accredited Counsellor in Central Leicester
"Counselling helped me realise that change is possible."
I am a BACP accredited counsellor and I help people with their emotional and relational problems. I provide individual and couples counselling in my Leicester city based practice and have more than 10 years' experience. Life can be difficult at times and I can help you navigate through the emotional pain. The pain of:
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.
Counselling - A Talking Therapy
Counselling is a ‘talking therapy’. There are many different types and styles of therapy so I thought I’d give you a quick overview of how I work.
I provide a supportive, confidential environment either in my Leicester counselling practice, online or by phone. My core training and way of working is in psychodynamic therapy (although I do incorporate other models of counselling where relevant). Essentially, this means that together we explore your experiences, both now and in your past, including the emotional impacts. Through this therapeutic exploration, my aim as your counsellor is to help you release emotional 'baggage', make sense of what is going on for you and learn what works - and doesn't work - for you. Ultimately this can help with building your sense of self-esteem and resilience, with the many benefits that can come about through improved confidence, self-worth and generally feeling good.
Similarly, with relationship counselling, we explore how you relate as a couple and your experiences of relationships in the past. By exploring, you can uncover the models of relating you both work to, your differences and pain points. You can learn how to communicate with each other as a couple so that you can navigate your differences and create a relationship that works for you.
Therapy Enables Change
Together we explore your experiences, emotions and thought processes and examine how your past may have played a part in bringing you to where you are now. This enables you to bring about change within yourself. This change could include differences in your relationship with yourself (how you see yourself for example), your relationship with 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.
As your counsellor, I won't give you an official diagnosis because you are a person with your own individual experiences and emotions. I do not see your struggles as an illness or label, but as the result of painful experiences either now, or in the past.
My Counselling Practice Business Hours
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
Whilst the legal covid restrictions have now been lifted, I am still taking precautions which you can find on my Coronavirus Measures page. If you would prefer online or telephone counselling, please let me know when you contact me.
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, sessions are held weekly, with each session lasting 50 minutes. Individual counselling fees are £45 per session and for couples, £55 per session. I usually take payment by bank transfer before the start of a session. However, if you would prefer to pay by cash or cheque, just let me know.
Counsellor in Leicester City Centre
I provide face-to-face counselling at my practice in Rutland House, a beautiful listed building on Friar Lane. Near the centre of the old town, it is accessible by public transport and with nearby car parking. This makes my therapy practice 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, because of the listed nature of the building, there is no lift and access to my therapy room is by the stairs.
I look forward to meeting with you to understand how we can work together to make life's journey less difficult to navigate.
For those of you who would prefer online or phone counselling rather than in-person, then I am happy to accommodate this. When you enquire, just let me know that this is your preference and we can take it from there.
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.
What Is The Best Type Of Therapy For Me?
Have you researched therapy and got confused by the myriad types of counselling and therapy there are? If so, you are most definitely not alone! From CBT through to Psychodynamic, Person Centred and many, many more. Each person is unique so having the choice is important. To help you choose, This is my break-down of the therapy types found most often in private practice:
The cognitive and behavioural types of therapy tend to focus on your unhelpful thought patterns and help you to learn to think differently. They also examine your behaviour and encourage you to behave differently. They provide education on what is happening to you and encourage you to look for solutions to your problems so that you can manage them.
The relational therapies work at a deeper level. Together, you and your counsellor explore the difficult emotions, thoughts and behaviours you are struggling with. Feelings are worked through, situations and relationships are examined, thoughts and behaviours are explored. This unpicking and working through helps you understand and make sense of what is going on for you. This helps you to process difficult feelings. Difficult situations and relationships can be put into an appropriate place so that your life is not overwhelmed by them.
The integrative counsellor works with different counselling models. Some focus more on the cognitive and behavioural types of therapy whilst integrating some relational counselling models if it seems necessary. Others focus on the relational counselling models, bringing in some of the cognitive and behavioural types of thinking if it is appropriate. Some counsellors are trained in integrative counselling from the start. Other train in one specific type of therapy, then through continuing professional development and experience, integrate other models into their way of working.
Whilst some counsellors in private practice work purely from a cognitive and behavioural or relational perspective, many integrate different ways of working into their practice. I work primarily with relational therapy models. I trained in Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling, a relational way of working that incorporates psychoanalytic thinking. I integrate other relational models and work with some elements of the more cognitive and behavioural models if it seems necessary and appropriate.