As a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, I recognise the uniqueness of each of my clients and together we will develop tailored solutions that deliver to you the change you desire. Due to my extensive training, my toolbox contains techniques from a range of different evidence-based approaches and I will suggest to you those that I think will work best for your particular situation. The main models I work with are solution focused therapy, systemic therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy. I offer you an empathic, trustworthy and non-judgemental space where you can explore, develop, learn and grow.
What counselling can help you with
Counselling can help you if you feel emotionally or mentally unwell. This may affect one or more areas of your life, such as your ability to manage your personal life, the quality of your relationships and your social life, or your work. You may already have seen a GP and have a diagnosis of a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety, but this is not a requirement to come and see me.
Counselling can also help you if you feel dissatisfied with your life, stuck, overwhelmed or lost and want to make changes, but don't know where to start or what options you have. You may also just want someone to help you cope with emotions, such as anger or grief, or with situations you have no control over.
With my training in hypnotherapy, I can also support you with making life-style changes, such as quitting smoking or loosing weight, as well as psychosomatic issues or improving your sleep. I use hypnotherapy as an addition to other therapy, counselling and coaching tools relevant to tackling your specific problems.
What to expect
Regardless of what it is you want help with, the approach I use as a Counselling Psychologist focuses on 'doing' and 'taking action', as much as 'talking' that counselling is traditionally associated with. This form of counselling requires you to not only invest time in the sessions, but also in-between them. This is a more intensive approach, but accelerates your progress the more you invest in it.
How long will it take?
Counselling following the resource-oriented therapy approach takes between 6 and 12 sessions for most people. I recommend 60-minute sessions every two to four weeks instead of the usual weekly 45/50-minute sessions that most counsellors will offer. This allows us to properly reflect on what has happened in-between sessions, work on creating solutions and practice new ways of thinking and doing things, as well as plan what you can do until the next session and how I can support you.
The space between the sessions, as well as the number can be adapted according to your needs and wishes. Some clients prefer meeting more regularly at the beginning of the process and spacing it out more at the end, but this is completely up to you.
Depending on your preferences and circumstances, I offer in-between session support in the form of emails, phone calls and texts and we can also do some sessions online via Skype or Facetime.
Free initial consultation
As it is so important for you to choose the right Counselling Psychologist, I offer a free initial 30-minute phone consultation, which will help you clarify how I work and allows you to ask any questions you may have. I also offer the first session at a reduced rate so that you can make the right decision for yourself.
LOCATION AND Availability
Face-to-face counselling sessions take place at my home in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. Bedsides usual daytime hours, I am also available for face-to-face sessions evenings. Please contact me to book an appointment.
This is an overview of the fees I charge for counselling, which also includes a set amount of between-session support should you require it. Concessions are available on request.
30-minute phone consultation Free
First session (60 min) £40
Following session (60 min) £50