Counselling

Counselling offers opportunities to talk freely and openly in confidence, and to express difficult feelings and emotions. Together, counsellor and client can identify difficulties, patterns and negative thoughts, gaining a clearer view and new perspectives.

Subsequently, clear goals can be created and coping skills and tools developed, allowing the client move forward, create a support network and stay on the positive path they have chosen.

Each client is different, with different skills and preferences, and Branch Counselling prides itself on dovetailing with the client’s skills, allowing optimal support for the individual.

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Do I need Counselling?

Clients choose to access counselling for many different reasons including; depression, relationship difficulties, obsessive thoughts, anger problems, self esteem, addictions, eating disorders, sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, self harm, suicidal thoughts, grief and loss, anxiety as well as many others, but it comes down to the fact they are not living their lives in the way they would choose and wish to make changes. Often people are coping to some extent, but simply living and not enjoying life. Counselling offers a safe space to talk, but also an opportunity to explore change.

Young People…

I have over 13 years experience working with young people and has an expansive tool box of play therapy, creative work, role play and worksheets. All clients are encouraged to make their own choices about therapy, Branch counselling offers different mediums to allow clients to engage, regardless of their ability; work is tailored to match the proficiency of the client. I am experienced in working with children aged 11 to 18 and their families. I can work ‘on site’, using the creative mediums and tools she can bring with her. Young people and their families can be self referred, referred by parents and carers or by Schools and Colleges.

Adults….

After working with young adults for a number of years I realised that all transitional periods in our lives are about similar issues; change, uncertainty and identity. Because of this I grew to working with clients including new parents, adults going through a period of change, retirees etc. I draw from a number of theories and tools to do so, working with the client’s best interests at heart.

Sessions are usually 60 minutes in length and are reviewed every 6 sessions. 12 sessions are normally recommended although frequency is adaptable to the individual needs of the client.

Sessions are £45. If cancellations are made with 24 hours notice then no charge is made and the session can be rearranged; however if sessions are cancelled within 24 hours then a £20 expenses fee is charged.

Sessions are currently available during the day and evenings based at Dobson house, Regent Centre Gosforth and if needed can be arranged at your home, school or workplace.

Counselling is also available online for £40.

I abide by the Codes of Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy at all times. I also receives appropriate supervision for all practice.

How will the first session work?

In session 1 the counsellor will make an informal contract with you confirming the details above, the focus of the work and determines if all are happy to continue. The counsellor will also explain sessions are confidential unless the counsellor believes the client or others is at risk of harm. The counsellor will always discuss any disclosure with the client first where possible.

If counselling is for a child or adolescent then the first session often includes the parent/ carer but further sessions will be with the young person alone. Often the parent/ carer is invited back in to share and discuss the review with their child.