Sometimes things happen out the blue which can throw life into turmoil. Other times day-to-day life can become unbearable and it is hard to see a way forward.
Wherever you find yourself, counselling can help to give you a space to explore what is happening and its impact on you. Together we can work towards getting you where you want to be.
Will it work?
Most people claim to appreciate the outcome from their therapy. Although, as with many things, outcomes vary from person to person dependent on their situation and goals.
Research has shown that regardless of approach, the most important factor in the “success” of therapy is the working relationship between counsellor and client. With this in mind, hopefully I am the person who can help you.
I believe everybody is unique, as is the situation that brings them to counselling. My initial aim is to understand who you are, why you've come to see me, and what it is you would like to get from counselling.
Whilst we all have the ability to change, sometimes we think, believe or behave in a way which prevents us from realising that potential. You may feel stuck. You may feel like you're going round in circles. Together we can identify these blockages and work on removing them so you can move forward.
We are a product of our past, and things may have happened to you which have greatly affected you. We cannot go back and change those events, however together we can explore their impact on you, and look at how you choose to take them forward.
Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Exhaustion, Anger, Self-esteem, Bereavement, Loss, Relationship issues, Living with illness, Caring, Guilt, and Trauma amongst many other conditions.
If what you're struggling with is not on this list, please contact me and ask how I can help you.
I won't make you lie on a couch.
I won't scribble notes and say “Hmmm”.
I won't prescribe a set of “exercises”.
I will listen.
I will help.
I will work with you.
My therapist will know what I’m thinking.
I'll be encouraged to blame my parents or childhood experiences.
Therapy will quickly fix all of my problems.
Talking to someone who doesn’t know me won’t help.
I will have to lie on a sofa.
My therapist might judge me.
Counselling takes forever.
Counselling is only for crazy people.
Counselling is only for problems that are severe.
Everyone will know I'm seeing a counsellor.
My counsellor will draw out my deep dark secrets.
Seeking counselling is a sign of weakness.
If you have any questions not covered above, or would like to take the next step, please get in touch. I understand this can be a daunting thing to do, there is a contact form here which will send me an email, or you can give me a call. If I cannot get to the phone, please do leave a message stating a contact number and some convenient times for me to call you back.
Once we've had a brief chat and confirmed a few details, we can arrange for you to come in for your first session. At this time we'll discuss why you're here, go through the paperwork, and most importantly see if I'm someone you'd like to work with. It's important that you feel comfortable with me for the process to be effective.
Sessions will be £45 and last for 50 minutes
Due to the fact that every client is different, that is a very hard question to answer, but ultimately it is down to you. Where possible, I recommend that you come at the same time every week as continuity in the work really helps. Hopefully the work will progress well and therapy will come to a natural conclusion when you feel you have got what you need.
Sometimes, it is not that straight forward and you might discover difficulties or other areas you wish to work on, in which case the therapy can continue for as long as you wish it to.
Financial or time restraints are understandable, and sometimes inevitable, and may put restrictions on the number of sessions you are able to attend.
Bearing all this in mind, I would suggest a review every six weeks to discuss how you feel the work is going and whether you wish to continue, but it is entirely up to you and you are free to stop therapy at any time.
This has been a much debated topic, so to answer I am going to refer you to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy:
“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over the short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.
Counselling and psychotherapy are services sought by clients to help them resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues within a context of confidentiality and clear ethical boundaries using evidence-based interventions to foster long-term recovery, increased resilience and wellbeing.
BACP sees no evidence of any difference between the functions of counselling and psychotherapy”
We are based on a farm on the main road between Basingstoke and Newbury (don’t worry you won’t need wellies!). For a map, bus routes and directions by car please see here
Yes. There is parking close to our offices.
Our premises are on the first floor. There is a flight of stairs and unfortunately there is no lift.
01256 962 775
Pitt Hall Farm,
Ramsdell, Basingstoke, Hants, RG26 5RJ
The Link bus between Newbury and Basingstoke stops right outside the farm. Please take care crossing or walking alongside the A339, it is very busy and fast. For a timetable see bustimes.org.uk.
By car from Basingstoke:
Come along the A339.
Approximately 3 miles after you leave Basingstoke, there is a blind right hand bend at the top of a rise. As you come down the other side you will see farm buildings on both sides of the road.
Please turn right into the farm yard where the road is painted red.
By car from Newbury:
Come along the A339.
Approximately 3 miles south of Kingsclere you will see farm buildings on both sides of the road.
Please turn left into the farm yard where the road is painted red.
Once in the yard - You will see a sign for Kingsclere Estates Ltd (the farm office). Come in through the brown side door and proceed up the stairs. You will see our offices at the top.