The Process of Counselling

I have a private practice based in a home clinic in the village of Cuckfield where I see clients in-person who live in the East Sussex and West Sussex areas. Clients are generally local to Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Lewes, Brighton and East Grinstead. I also provide counselling remotely via Zoom regardless of your geographical location. My home clinic is the first room as you enter the house and is a separate and private from the rest of the house. I work with clients weekly.

How I work

As a gestalt counsellor I believe people are born with the inner resources and resilience to form loving relationships, solve their problems and face times in life that are challenging.

However, this process can be disrupted through experiences in childhood or later on. Upsetting experiences, whether they happened recently or in the past can impact on how we see ourselves and can interrupt our ability to self-support.

People may need some assistance to more clearly see the underlying patterns that have caused them to feel stuck, or distressed, such as fixed beliefs about themselves, or repeated patterns and behaviours that are keeping them feeling stuck or unsatisfied. 

I work to support a person’s development of awareness, exploring life themes and identifying patterns from a holistic point of view. 

My aim is to support clients to live more fully, gain more understanding of themselves and of their relationships so they feel more fulfilled, increase awareness of how they can support themselves in times of distress and find new ways or solutions to face their predicament.

Initial free telephone call

How I begin is by offering all prospective clients an initial free brief telephone call. This will be an opportunity for us to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and for you to get a sense of me and how I work. I can also ensure that the worry you are seeking counselling for is something I can safely and competently work with and you can ask me any practical questions. If in agreeance, we will then arrange an appointment for the initial consultation.

Initial consultation

The initial consultation is a continuation of the initial phone consultation and is an assessment process. This consultation is usually in person or offered remotely for the same time as a session (50 mins individuals or 60 mins couples) and is charged at the same rate as a session.

In this appointment you will hopefully will get more of an idea of how I work and a sense of me, my business policies and whether I am the right counsellor for you and your difficulty.

As an accredited and registered counsellor with the BACP I also have an ethical duty to assess and reflect on whether I can work with you and with the difficulty you are bringing to me. After the initial consultation, if it’s agreed we can work together, a therapeutic contract will be made and we can begin ongoing counselling sessions.

Occasionally I may suggest a further consultation if the difficulty you are bringing is complex or unclear to ensure we all agree on the way forwards. If I cannot offer you counselling, I may suggest an alternative counsellor or service that would be more appropriate for your difficulty and desired outcome.

How many sessions

I offer brief counselling (6 sessions) as well as longer term work. Couples may benefit from at least 9 sessions. I will give plenty of opportunities to review how the work is going regularly to ensure you are getting what you need from me and the sessions.

My private practice does not have a waiting room, so you will need to arrive on time. There are public toilets situated in the Cuckfield village car park, less than a few minutes walk and a wide range of village cafes if you arrive early.

I have an enhanced DBS, which is a requirement for positions that involve working with vulnerable groups, such as children, or vulnerable adults and older people.

I take payment for each session in advance by BACS or by cash at the beginning of each session.

My GDPR and confidentiality statements can be downloaded from my webpage.

Sessions for Individuals, Young People and the initial consultation are £55 (50 minutes)

Sessions for Couples and the initial consultation are £80 (60 minutes)

I may have some concession appointments available for people on low wage and counsellors in training.