Counselling for Adults

Grieving is a necessary emotional release. Releasing your feelings can relieve the pressure you are under. The natural expression of emotions, if coupled with understanding and accurate information, lets you put your feelings in proper perspective. As we are all unique not everyone expresses grief in the same way. Such factors as whether your loved one died suddenly or death came after a long illness might have a bearing on the emotional reaction of the survivors. But one thing is for sure: Repressing your feelings can be harmful both physically and emotionally. It is far healthier to release your grief.

Contact me I will help you to process your grief in a safe and confidential environment. Having good support is the key to recovery and acceptance of the loss. After an initial telephone consultation we will arrange a first meeting. At this time, further information will be gathered through an assessment process and we will decide if we are able to work together. If I feel that your needs will be better met elsewhere, I will endeavour to refer you on to someone else.

If we are to begin working together we will agree a contract to ensure full clarity. We may also agree how many sessions we will begin with and when we will review. The therapy may be short term – 10 to 12 sessions, or long term with regular reviews. We will meet weekly and agree any holiday breaks in advance.

Counselling for Children and Young People

It can be a very distressing time for a young child to face the reality of death. Children thrive under the care of their family, yet death can snatch a loved one with whom a child has formed a close bond. Just like adult children need time and good support to process their loss, complicated grief in children can look different from an adult’s. For instance, a change in their behaviour, their school grades get affected, they become withdrawn, or lose friends. Some children can get more angry and irritable. These problems can show up months or even years after the parent’s death. When a child shows 1 or 2 of these symptoms, it may help to get professional support. I know how children tend to react to losses like this, and I may be able to offer ways to help with the problem. I can evaluate the child and make sure that any needed help is given.

If the child is of primary/junior school age it is necessary for me to have parental consent to work with the young person.  I will arrange an assessment meeting with the parent/carer and we will agree a contract to ensure full clarity regarding the nature of how I will work with the child. We will agree how many sessions we will begin with and when we will have a review. The therapy may be short or long term. We will also agree an ending meeting.

If the young person is in secondary school and considered Gillick competent (match the Fraser guidelines) then consent may not be necessary. Please see the NSPCC website for further information on this area

The assessment session and further contact, may take place with the young person only. This will be agreed at the point of contact and is dependent on the needs and wishes of the young person.

All counselling sessions will take place weekly and we will agree any holiday breaks in advance.

Confidentiality

This will be discussed as part of the contract. Counselling with adults, children and young people is a confidential process. However, the limits to this within the law will be discussed and agreed and my client will be clear when confidentiality needs to be broken. Safety, particularly of the child is paramount.

Supervision

I adhere to the “Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions” (BACP, 2018). In line with this and together with all BACP registered Counsellors, I receive regular supervision to ensure that I am able to offer the best possible service to my clients. This is a confidential process. My clients are never fully identified in order to retain anonymity.