Originally I trained as a Samaritan and really valued my role as a listening volunteer, which I held for a number of years. I was able to help people manage what was happening for them when they needed to reach out. The skills I learnt as a Samaritan, have given me depth of understanding how to really support and hear the need of the person on the end of the phone.
My role as a Samaritan was to offer emotional support. Now as a fully trained counsellor, I am able to help clients to specifically focus exploring and understanding their thoughts and feelings and supporting them to develop the skills they need to improve their mental health and well being.
I offer telephone counselling to individuals who want to access this service from the comfort of their own home.
Telephone sessions not only makes counselling more accessible, but also reduces anxiety for some people who experience anxiety or have a disability and therefore also removes travelling time and cost.
There are several elements to be mindful of when considering if telephone counselling is right for you. Firstly, confidentiality is key. You need a space to retreat to where we can explore what you want to bring to therapy. Ensuring you have privacy and that you will be free from interruption. Each session lasts 50 minutes.
“Become more aware of what’s really worth your energy.”
Please be aware that this is not an emergency service. If you are suicidal or are seriously self harming contact your doctor immediately or the Samaritans.
Arranging your first phone counselling session with me is easy.
Ring me to let me know briefly what you want to talk about . This is an opportunity to check some details with you to ensure telephone counselling is suitable for you and to discuss the number of sessions you may need. We can agree a time of your first call which will probably be a few days later.
I will then forward an email of my contract for you to sign and return. Payment details will then be emailed to you. This needs to be at least 24 hours before each session. Further appointments will be at the same time each week unless we discuss in advance.
If you need any further information please contact me by phone or email.