Christmas and New Year can be a lovely time of year - parties, lots of delicious food, a break from work, spending time with family and friends. However, it's not that way for everyone. Family arguments, getting into debt buying all those lovely Christmas presents, overindulging in alcohol, coupled with our expectations about what we think the festive period should be like, can leave us feeling flat come January. Divorce lawyers know that early January is the peak time for divorce proceedings to begin. And for those with few friends or family, it can seem like an achingly lonely time of the year; suicide rates are known to increase in December.
So … if the festive season has left you feeling less than festive you might be wondering what to do. Maybe your depression is deeper than you thought; perhaps your drug or alcohol intake is worrying you; maybe you've realised your relationship is in trouble. Whatever the reason, you may be thinking counselling can help.
How can it help you? If the holidays have caused you to think you need to change something in your life in 2019, then I can help you.
My aim is to make you feel safe, heard and understood. I will listen to you in a warm and non-judgemental way. I don't give advice - instead, I will support you to explore your worries more deeply so that you can understand yourself better. We often don't realise that we are stuck in our ideas or that we are repeating the same unhelpful behaviours again and again (especially in relationships).
I know it's a big step to come to counselling. But this is a time for you - where you can talk in complete confidence.
Issues I can help with include:
I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and I abide by their Code of Ethics.
Contact me for a free confidential chat:
t: 07906 576167
I promise I will get back to you!
I work in two locations:
Chessington - The Surrey Centre for Natural Health, 9a Mansfield Road, Chessington, KT9 2PJ. Free street parking. Times: Mon-Fri between 8am and 7pm.
Surbiton - 96 Ditton Road, Surbiton KT6 6RH. Free parking in road opposite. Times: Tues 8-10am and Wed 5-7pm only.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on how complex the issues are that you're facing. Many people find an improvement in 6 to 12 sessions.
How long is a counselling session?
Each session is 50 minutes. You usually come on the same day and at the same time, although I always aim to fit in with your schedule.
What's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Generally speaking counsellors see people for a shorter time (up to 12 weeks) than psychotherapists, who may see clients for many months, sometimes years.
Can you read my mind?
No! People sometimes think counsellors can read minds. We can't! Counsellors encourage you to talk openly about your worries, fears and concerns. They don't offer advice, but instead will help you to gain a better understanding of yourself so that you have a happier life.
I don't have much money, can you help?
I know it can be hard to afford private counselling, so I do offer reduced fees for people on low incomes (eg unemployed, students, retired). Please contact me to discuss your situation.
t: 07906 576167
I spent over 20 years in the fast-paced world of Public Relations and Journalism, working in London PR consultancies. Eventually I burnt out and took a career break to study for a university degree. I then worked in mental health, setting up and running a number of service user groups in mental health and addictions. I have also worked as a tutor at the University of Surrey. My own mental health issues led me to receiving many years of therapy. It was this that sparked my interest in training to be a counsellor.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a change in legislation about how I collect and store information about you. I am registered with the IOC (Information Commissioner’s Office) which means I have agreed what information about you I collect and how I use it. Their register is available to the public and you can access it here: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/what-we-do/register-of-fee-payers/