The first step will be to contact me - either by phone, WhatsApp, email, or by using the Contact Me form on this website.
I will then arrange a convenient time, to discuss what you are looking for and to see if I can help. This call will take approximately 10 minutes.
If appropriate, I would then invite you for an initial session. This will give you a flavour of how I work, and will give me a more detailed picture of what you are looking for in therapy.
We will explore what has brought you to session and I will provide you with information about data protection: how I store and use personal information (GDPR) and discuss a working agreement with you.These are your sessions and I work to help you feel reassured, comfortable and safe enough to be able to share your thoughts and your feelings as we begin to build a therapeutic relationship together.
As I work with an open-ended time frame, it will be up to you how many sessions you come for. Some clients are only looking for 4 to 6 sessions. Others will stay in therapy for much longer, depending on the issues they want to explore. I would review the work with you every so often, to see how you are feeling about the direction of the work.
Sessions are hosted online via Google Meet and I will send you a Google Meet video call link via email once payment has been received in advance of your session.
Walk and Talk Counselling
Lee on the Solent
Walk and talk therapy is “taking the traditional counselling session outdoors”.
Outdoor counselling is supportive for those who may feel a little anxious or claustrophobic in a one-on-one session in a room - the potential intensity of eye contact is removed for those who find it an uncomfortable part of therapeutic work.
When we move our bodies and change our environment, we can think differently about aspects of our lives that have before seemed immovable. Being outdoors is a more relaxing experience for our bodies and, therefore, our minds are freer to open up.
Working therapeutically outdoors can help with feelings of being “stuck”, as we move forwards in the sessions physically and the sense of looking forwards to the changes that you want from therapy.
In addition to our therapy work, the outdoor nature of walk-and-talk counselling requires additional considerations, therefore the initial session will be held remotely via video or telephone call to give us chance to have a chat about your goals for therapy and we can discuss whether walk-and-talk is a suitable option, including ensuring you are comfortable regarding safety and confidentiality (for example how we will negotiate encountering other people when out walking/medical conditions that I need to know about to support you in the outdoors etc).
Face to Face
My private clinic for face to face appointments is within easy reach of Portsmouth, Southampton & Gosport. Located at West Street Counselling centre, 126 West Street, Fareham PO16 0EP.
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Sessions are 50 minutes
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