'I didn't realise how much I'd held in until I sat down with you. Thank you Karen for giving me the space and time I needed'.
- Female 44 years. -
What is counselling, what does it offer and how do I work?
Counselling offers an opportunity for you to explore your thoughts and emotions in a safe, confidential setting, the overall aim being to work towards living in a way which is more satisfying and resourceful.
People seek counselling for many reasons. Some are feeling depressed, anxious, having difficulties in relationships or are battling addictions they do not feel able to control. Some come because they feel sad and empty inside and others because of feelings of guilt or low self-esteem. Mostly, people seek counselling because they feel stuck, unsatisfied or lost in their lives.
Counselling may be concerned with addressing and resolving specific problems, offer support in decision making or coping with a crisis, assist in improving relationships with others or provide a place where inner conflict can be voiced and worked through. My role, whilst always respecting your values and capacity for choice, is to help you explore whatever it is that is troubling you, and through our work together, facilitate any changes you may wish to make.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I have broad ranging experience working with both adults and young people and continue to value working with both equally.
My approach is non-judgemental and aims to be empowering for you. The relationship that develops between us is a very important part of the process - being able to feel relaxed, safe and understood is central to our work. I offer a warm, accepting environment in which we can explore whatever you bring.
I appreciate that finding the right counsellor can be difficult so offer a free initial appointment. This gives you the opportunity to meet me, to see where I work and to see how it feels. This initial meeting isn't a counselling session but an opportunity for you to let me know something of what has been going on for you and why you are considering counselling.
There will be ample time for you to ask questions/talk through any queries you may have and then together we will decide if counselling is right for you. If you choose to continue we can consider meeting on a regular basis. I can offer short or longer term counselling depending on your needs.
I welcome informal enquiries.
For more information please do feel free to get in touch with me.
I offer all clients a free initial meeting. Subsequent sessions are charged at £40 per hour (some limited lower cost places available).
I am based at Heavitree Chiropractic Centre which is opposite the Pyramids Swimming Pool. It is approximately 5 minutes walk from Exeter High Street. The Triangle Car Park (which provides ample parking) and local bus routes are within easy walking distance.