I run GC Counselling from a quiet and spacious room at the Surrey Centre for Natural Health in Chessington. I also have a safe and peaceful room at home in Leatherhead.
My therapeutic style draws on different philosophical approaches, which enables me to use the most relevant and valuable aspects of each. Ultimately, I believe that we are all individual and unique and no single approach fits all. You can find out more about my practice at www.gccounselling.com.
These are a few of the types of therapies I can offer:
- Person-Centred therapy
Person-centred therapy was conceived by Carl Rogers in the 1940s and 50s. The main focus of this approach is the therapeutic relationship. The work concentrates on developing a stronger sense of self to enable people to reach their full potential. The therapist aims to provide a comfortable and relaxed environment by building a relationship based on empathy, genuineness and unconditional positive regard. The non-directive nature of person-centred therapy empowers the client to find their own solutions to problems.
Psychoanalysis is a form of therapy developed by Sigmund Freud in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Freud argued that our personality is largely based on unconscious ‘drives’ that are caused by our childhood events. He also thought that things like neurosis, anxiety, depression etc. are due to conflicts between what we are conscious of and our unconscious, or ‘repressed’, experiences. The psychoanalytic therapist aims to bring the unconscious conflicts into awareness by exploring the client’s thoughts, dreams and through ‘free association’.
Existential therapy has a philosophical base and focuses on what Irvin Yalom calls, the five ‘givens of existence’: freedom, responsibility, isolation, meaninglessness and death. Existential therapists help clients explore how they experience the world and relate to others, as well as figuring out ‘how’ we exist rather than ‘why’ we are the way we are.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The terms "counsellor" and "psychotherapist" are often used interchangeably. Along with "therapy" they are words that are used in a variety of different contexts where people provide a helping service for someone. "Therapy" tends to mean longer term work where the client is encouraged more to focus on underlying thoughts and feelings and motivations. Therapists stand back more from the present behaviour and encourage the client to dig deeper. They are concerned with change, but also with a particular greater self-awareness and understanding.
How long do I have to come for?
My aim is to help you, not keep you coming for as long as possible. We can agree a suitable length of time together and review it making sure the focus is on making sure we both have the right outcomes. Behind that question is often a fear that people will get trapped in therapy and have to stay longer than they want to or need. It is important to remember that you are in charge and can stay for as little or as long as you want to. I will not encourage you to stay longer than I feel is necessary, and you are free to stop the process at any time.
I’m not sure what I want to come for, is it still ok to come?
It is perfectly ok for you to come and explore things. It is usual for clients to come to therapy who either are unsure why they have come or who have so many reasons that they cannot pin it down specifically. Part of the work would be to explore and help you clarify and understand, as well as to address any specific issues that arise.
Is your counselling and psychotherapy service confidential?
Yes. I offer a professional service, and as part of that professionalism she promises confidentiality. However, there may be very rare occasions when it might be necessary to share information—if your life were at risk, for example. I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework and I will explain the confidentiality policy, and the difference between confidentiality and secrecy before I work with you.