Counselling

Therapy provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns. Kelly will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.

Qualified as an Integrative therapist Kelly combines Humanism, CBT and Psychodynamic elements into her work.  She will not give you her opinions or advice or prescribe medication, but will help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems.

Most therapy takes place in planned, regular sessions which last for around 50-60 minutes.  How often you see Kelly and how many appointments you have will depend on your individual circumstances, and will be agreed between you both. You might meet face to face or talk online or over the telephone.

During a session, Kelly may take you through specific exercises designed to help with your problem, or you might have more general discussions about how you’re feeling. What you talk about will vary depend on what you want help with. It could include:

  • Relationships
  • Childhood
  • Feelings
  • Emotions or thoughts
  • Behaviour past or present
  • Life events
  • Situations you find difficult

Kelly will be impartial, understanding and will listen to you without judgment. She will help you explore your thoughts and emotions. She may offer information, but won’t tell you what you should think or do.

What to expect in your first counselling
session.

Introductions

Kelly will explain more about how therapy can happen, her experience and qualifications
and answer any questions you have. It’s important you feel comfortable.

Assessment

You discuss a brief history and explain any issues or why you have attended counselling and
what you hope to achieve.

Contracting

The contract outlines the terms of therapy and how it will be provided. You are under no obligation to proceed if you are unhappy with any part of the process.

How to get the most out of your therapy

Therapy works best if you feel you can be open and honest.  For therapy to be effective its important you
feel safe to disclose even difficult and sensitive issues. This includes if you
are unhappy with any part of the therapy sessions.

Counselling Terms and Concepts

Boundaries

Boundaries are agreed ‘rules’ to protect you the client and Kelly as the counsellor within this professional relationship.  It includes things like professional arrangements to provide the service and your relationship outside the therapy room

Confidentiality

Everything discussed within the therapy setting is confidential.  Exceptions to this are discussed within contracting and disclosures will usually be made only with your consent.

Contracting

A contract covers the details of your work. It includes practical things like sessions, fees, meeting etc… It also
outlines how any information on you is held and your rights around this.

Ethics

Kelly works to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Profession.

Empathy

Empathy means even if you have very different life experiences, Kelly as your therapist will strive to understand your thoughts, emotions and behaviours from a place of non judgement, respect and care.  It is the foundation of the therapeutic relationship.