What is counselling?
Counselling is an opportunity to get a neutral view from a professional outside of the situation.
- will focus on you only, and will gently support you in looking at challenges differently and with less strain
- will listen to you carefully and without judgement, in order to help you make sense of your experiences
- are unlikely to make suggestions or give direct advice but will encourage you to work out for yourself what changes you would like to make
- help you identify your strengths and work out ways of helping yourself so you won't be dependent on counselling forever.
Counselling is a confidential opportunity for you to talk about the things that are troubling you. This confidentiality means your counsellor will not pass on anything you say, or even the fact that they are seeing you for counselling, to anyone else except in specific circumstances which include declarations of harm to self and/or others and serious criminal activity.
How many sessions will you need?
The number of sessions can be discussed between you and your Counsellor and reviewed as you go along. We see some clients for weeks and some for months or even years - Ultimately it's up to you.
What kind of counselling do we offer?
We are integrative counsellors so we use a variety of ways of helping you think through your problems - for example person centred counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). We work with you to in a therapeutic alliance and always do our best to explain things without using jargon and invite you to tell us regularly how counselling is working for you (or not) so that we can make changes if we need to.
People that have researched counselling tell us that the most important factor - after your own motivation and commitment - is the quality of the working relationship between us. That's why it is important for you to decide if we are "your kind of therapists". Our training and experience in a wide range of therapeutic approaches, means we can ensure that all of our work is tailored to every individual client, according to what is helpful to them.
We have both had counselling ourselves and have years of experience working with many different people. We know that it is a warm and trusting relationship between the client and counsellor which provides the best basis for a smoother therapeutic path. If you feel relaxed and trust us, you can feel that you can share more, think more, express more without fear of being judged.
What kind of issues can you bring to counselling?
People come to counselling with a wide variety of concerns and the most common include:
- stress or anxiety
- low mood or depression
- difficulties in your relationships with partners, family or friends
- problems with anger
- struggles with body image
- loss or bereavement
- physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- domestic violence
- difficulties at work or with your studies
- loss of meaning in your life.
However this isn’t a complete list and we are happy to talk through anything you want to, however unusual, personal or unimportant you might sometimes think it is.
Where do we work?
We are both Taunton based (Becky also works in Bridgwater).
Who do we work with?
We offer counselling:
- to adults
- to children under 14 (Josephine only)
- to teenagers from 14 (Josephine and Becky)
- to couples (Becky only)
- in person in Taunton (and Bridgwater - Becky)
- via telephone or Skype (Becky only).
How can you be sure that we are properly qualified?
As members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the leading national association for counsellors, we both work carefully within its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. As part of our ongoing Accreditation and Registration requirements we both attend supervision on a monthly basis and undertake regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to keep our skills and knowledge up to date. This is an essential, professional and valuable way of safeguarding and developing our practice.
Telephone & Skype Sessions
If you are unable to travel to us, Becky offers telephone or Skype counselling which can work well for some people. Telephone/Skype appointments take place weekly by agreement at a regular time, just as with face-to-face counselling. Do get in touch with Becky if you are interested in discussing this possibility.
What to do next?
Step 1: Get in touch
To discuss the possibility of counselling with Josephine or Becky please make contact by telephone or email (links to contact page). We are happy to answer any questions to help you decide whether you would like to work with us.
Step 2: Introductory session
This lasts about 45 minutes and is free of charge. Here we will:
- discuss what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to get from it
- discuss your understanding of counselling and how it works
- decide together whether we can work together productively
- consider how best we can work together.
Step 3: Counselling sessions
Counselling sessions last about an hour and usually take place weekly at the same time.
Each session costs £40.
We both offer concessionary rates of £30 which we are happy to discuss with you.