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Counselling and Psychotherapy in Stafford and Stone

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How does On With My Life therapy and counselling work?

The main sort of counselling and therapy I offer to help you overcome your stress, anxiety, depression or other form of unhappiness is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). At its heart, this approach to therapy is based on helping you develop your self-knowledge and emotional intelligence to build your psychological and mental strength.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a powerful mindfulness-based therapy (and coaching model) which currently leads the field in terms of research, application and results.

I will work with you to build genuine happiness from the inside out by:

  • Developing mindfulness (without meditation) skills. These are psychological skills to help you understand why we all suffer from anxiety, self-doubt, and low self-confidence - and how you can effectively cope and deal with these painful thoughts and feelings o that they don’t get in the way of enjoying and appreciating your life. I can help you transform old patterns into new more helpful habits.
  • Helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you – i.e your values – then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better – even when times are tough.
  • Emphasising the crucial nature of self-care and giving you tools and techniques to help you to develop self-compassion and treat yourself kindly.
Is my work with you confidential?

Your confidentiality in our therapeutic relationship is paramount. Under certain circumstances, because I am bound by UK law, and because I want you and others to be safe, I may have to break confidentiality. Wherever possible, I will advise you in advance that I must do this, but this may not always be possible. These instances may include if I feel you are at risk of suicide, or if  I believe you may be harming others, especially children.

Sometimes I may also wish to consult with another health professional about your treatment, such as your doctor, and I will always seek your consent to do this.

As a Registered Member of BACP I am required to have regular supervision and need to discuss aspects of my work with a supervisor on a regular basis. My supervisor adheres to the same BACP code of confidentiality.

You can find my full business contract and privacy statement here

What happens in the first session?

During our first session I’ll tell you about my service and what I can provide for you. More importantly I’ll give you the time to tell me your story, what brings you to counselling - and what you want to get from your counselling sessions. We’ll talk about whether you want to meet again, the sort of work we can do together and likely number of sessions.

Where will my therapy take place?

I have comfortable, private therapy rooms in a quiet and central location in Stafford, and just 5 minutes from J14 of the M6. There is plenty of free on-road parking. There is also a bus stop (Grey Friars) just a few minutes walk away.

When can I have my counselling session?

I recognise how important it is for your therapy to fit around your work, childcare and life commitments so I try to offer a flexible diary. You can choose when and how often to have an appointment. You can book a therapy session at a time to suit you throughout the week, including evenings – weekend sessions are also sometimes available.

How much does a session cost?

A 55 minute session costs £45

How will I know if you are the right counsellor for me?

For a free 30 minute telephone or face to face consultation to help you decide if I am the right fit for you, why not call me on 07957 234 950 and you can ask me any questions you have and get a sense of how we would work together. Or fill in the contact form and I will call you within 48 hours.

How many counselling sessions will I need?

The type of therapeutic approach I use is proven to be effective in just a few sessions. To start with, I would normally suggest a minimum of 4 weekly sessions - this will ensure you get a good feel for what therapy can offer you and if it is right for you just now.  After 4 sessions we will have a discussion and agree a way forward that you are comfortable with. You may decide not to continue, and that is absolutely fine. You will never be pressured to have more sessions than you want or need.

Can I have telephone or online therapy from you?

The therapy we offer is face to face and we do not currently provide telephone counselling or online counselling.

What happens if I need to cancel a session with you?

I commit to regular weekly appointment with you because of the importance of regularity and continuity of sessions and hold diary time for you. So missed appointments or cancelled sessions are chargeable unless you discuss any absence with me in advance to explore if discretion can be applied depending on the circumstances.