I offer counselling in the form of either face to face meetings, email or via Skype. My main approach is 'person-centred' counselling, putting you at the heart of the counselling sessions. I do not analyse, interpret or judge. I accept you for who you are, as an individual.
Face to face counselling The most effective counselling is by face to face. What you receive will be one-to-one, confidential counselling sessions in a safe, quiet, private therapy room in Darlington town centre. Sessions are relaxed and my aim is to make you feel at home and as comfortable as possible.
Online counselling There are many reasons you might prefer counselling online. It may be more convenient or you may not feel able to come along to face to face counselling.
I would much prefer to meet with you face to face as I believe it would be much more beneficial to you, but I understand it may not be easy for you. You may not live nearby, you may not have transport or it may be that you just feel a little more at ease in your own surroundings.
We can either talk via Skype, chat in a private encrypted chat room or correspond by email. You will be able to express your thoughts, feelings, problems or concerns safe in the knowledge that I will respond with empathy, honesty and respect and try to offer new perspectives and insight for you to think about.
Options for online counselling:
Skype: If this is your preferred option, we can set up a Skype call appointment. We will be able to talk face to face, wherever it is convenient/safe for you.
Email: You will send me an email detailing exactly what you consider your issues to be. The more you include in this email, the more in depth I will be able to respond to you. If you're unsure of what to include I can help you with that. I aim to reply to an email in depth within 24 hours where possible. I will spend at least an hour considering and composing a reply to you.
Chat: We can chat online via a secure chat room called Chatcrypt, that only you and I will have temporary access to. Chatcrypt performs a military-class AES-256 CTR encryption on chat messages, so no one can read them except you and I. Messages are not saved or stored.
For further information on any of the above options, or if you'd like to go ahead and book an appointment, either face to face or online, please email me or contact me here.
Counselling can help you address many issues.
Here are some:
Stress ~ Anxiety ~ Anger ~ Loss ~ Bereavement Depression ~ Change in circumstances ~ Unfulfilled potential Lack of meaning or direction in life ~ Work related stress Rape (recent or historical) ~ Abuse ~ Domestic Violence Low self esteem ~ Lack of confidence ~ Shyness Childhood issues ~ Sexuality issues/confusion ~ Self harm Trauma/PTSD ~ Shame ~ Guilt ~ Worry
If there are any other areas you may wish to explore, we can discuss these.