http://www.sueakehurstcounselling.co.uk/userfiles/documents/Therapy%20agreement2%202016.pdfWhat can I expect from Counselling?As an experienced and qualified counsellor working in Malvern I offer a safe, confidential space for reflection and exploration of whay you feel needs attention and of what I notice in our work together. We'll work with what feels right for you and at a pace that's guided by you. I'm there to support you and to encourage you to explore some of the places that may scare you - it's in the process of being alongside these painful and distressing emotions and thoughts that understanding and change can take place.
I will listen without judging and respond to you openly and honestly. Together we will create an environment and a relationship where we can explore your feelings, beliefs and the ways in which you interact with others and with yourself. This process can be challenging, especially if you choose to look deeply at what is happening in your internal world and how it has been shaped over time by the events and people around you. Commitment and patience are required for the process of therapy as what is revealed may, at times, be painful as well as offering the potential for living a more fulfilled life. Therapy is not about giving advice, instead it's a collaborative process which challenges you to meet yourself and to explore what needs attention in order for change to happen.
Working creatively with images and symbols, including using pastels, pebbles and other materials alongside talking, is an option if that is what feels useful to you. Sometimes it can be hard to translate feelings into words, so colours, shapes, gestures or textures may describe a feeling more accurately at first. We can then explore what this means for you. This can be a surprisingly powerful way of working, sometimes allowing rapid access to emotions and to understanding. It's there as an optional way of working if that is what you would like to choose.
How can counselling help?Whatever the reason that brings you to therapy, the process aims to provide a chance to explore your feelings, thoughts and beliefs and work towards living your life in a way which feels more fulfilling. At its simplest, being accepted as you are and listened to with careful attention and respect may begin the process of connecting with feelings and understanding thoughts and behaviours which can then enable you to make different choices and to resolve long held beliefs. I work in a relational and embodied way which can be gentle as well as powerfully effective.
'Every bad feeling is potential energy towards a more right way of being if you give it space to move towards its rightness.' Eugene Gendlin.
Making an appointmentYou might not be sure yet whether you definitely want to work with me. You can email or ring me to arrange to meet for a half hour initial consultation for which there is a charge of £15. This gives us both a sense of each other and whether we feel we can work together. If you do then decide that counselling is the right step for you we'll make a clear agreement. You can, of course, decide that you'd like to start with a full-length session of 55 minutes - up to you to decide what suits you best.
Sessions usually last 55 minutes and how many you have will be dependent on what you want and on what we agree together.
Fees£45 - £65 per session depending on your family income.
I also offer two concessionary spaces - do ask if these are available.
Working HoursMy core working hours are:
Malvern: Monday, 1.30 pm - 9pm, Tuesday 1.30 pm - 9pm. Thursday 1- 6.45.
Skype: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings 9 -11.30.
Phone: 07944 394245