There are many different types of counselling and far too many for me to list here! The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is my governing organisation and if you go to their web site (www.bacp.co.uk), you can find out more information on different types of counselling, and information about their ethical code of practice which I follow.
I am a Person-Centred and Integrative counsellor which means I can be flexible in how I work depending on your needs. As a Person-Centred Counsellor, I believe that you know yourself and your circumstances the best and so I will not tell you what to do! In exploring what you bring to our sessions, I help you to learn more about yourself and to re-discover your inner resources so that you can find your best way forward. It may be a challenging and empowering experience!
The Integrative part is for those individuals who would like or need a more structured therapy. It’s a more “problem-solving” approach, and there may be a little homework to do between our meetings.
How we work
How we work is up to you and what feels most comfortable, for example we could start in a Person-Centred way and then continue in a more problem-solving way. It is flexible and guided by you. Whichever approach you choose, counselling is about talking about our feelings, thoughts and behaviors to gain personal insight. I offer face-to-face meetings or telephone sessions and am willing to discuss Skype if you would like to work in that method.
Why go private or see an independent counsellor like me?
It is true that counselling is sometimes available free of charge in some GP surgeries or through some charities. These organisations may have a long waiting list as the counsellor may only be available a day or two each week. I am available to work with more flexibility, offering some appointment times outside of office hours, and without a waiting list I am ready to work with you when you are ready. Weekend appointments may also be available.
In choosing to see an independent counsellor, you have the choice of who you wish to work with, rather than having a counsellor allocated to you. This means you can look around and find the counsellor who is experienced in working with the difficulty you have. You also have the freedom to find a counsellor located close to work or home rather than the inconvenience of travelling to your GP surgery. Some individuals may prefer to see a counsellor that is not located in their workplace.
The number of counselling sessions an individual may have in the NHS, Employee Assistant Programmes or through charities is often time limited to say six or eight sessions. Choosing an independent counsellor puts you in the driving seat where our sessions are not restricted by number. An independent counsellor may also be more accessible, for instance I can be contacted through email, text and phone to make, cancel and rearrange appointments.
Where I work
I currently work from two Wrexham-based locations and am able to meet with you at whichever location is most convenient for you. If you do not state a preference, I try to see the majority of individuals at “Back to Health” , the Chiropractor clinic, 160 Chester Road (Garden Village, opposite the shops). Although this is a chiropractic clinic (with physiotherapy and other treatments) I am able to see you whatever your concern/s-it doesn’t have to be health related! There is a reception and comfortable waiting area.
I also work from rooms at the Wrexham Wellness Centre on the first floor of Schwartz Opticians in Charles Street, Wrexham town centre. Facilities include toilets and drinking water. The waiting area is spacious and comfortable.
There are no steps to gain entry to “Back to Health” and we can meet on a ground floor room if you are unable to manage stairs. The entrance and hall are tiled with a low pile carpet to the ground floor waiting area. This is a suitable venue for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Let me know at booking if you require a ground floor appointment as I also use first floor rooms.
Access to the Wellness Centre is via the opticians where there is a small step. Once inside the floor is made of wood with carpeted stairs to the first floor where the Wellness Centre is based. There is a stair lift available to reach the first floor, which is currently out of use. The first floor waiting area and counselling rooms are low-pile carpeted. This is not a suitable environment for non-weight bearing individuals or those unable to use stairs.