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Hertfordshire counselling and psychotherapy

Hello and welcome. Thank you for visiting my Hertfordshire counselling and psychotherapy site.

We are living through rocky times, and I understand that for some people it's more challenging and anxiety provoking than anything they have ever faced before. Maybe you have been affected by bereavement or other losses, or face big life decisions which you didn't expect to have to make yet, if at all. Finding a new normal when nobody has a blue-print of how to do it means rethinking a lot of what we have taken for granted and that can be stressful. I do believe though that humans are infinitely adaptable and can survive and thrive. Sometimes a little help, well, helps.

Let me help.

People who come for counselling or psychotherapy sometimes describe themselves in lots of different ways - overwhelmed, stressed, down, on the edge, angry, confused, maybe all of the above or none because it's too difficult to say. If anything you have read so far describes you at this moment, I might be able to help because counselling and psychotherapy offer space to work it out.

Let's talk.

At the moment you may feel alone with nobody to turn to. Maybe you don't want to burden family or friends or maybe they seem like part of the problem or they have their own problems too. Perhaps what you are going through seems trivial or unimportant and you feel ashamed or guilty that you shouldn't feel the way you do. Although there are no guarantees, you might find that talking it through with someone who can listen deeply through counselling or psychotherapy can be the start of getting back to yourself. You might even find that what you have gone through has changed you in a way you never thought possible.


First time?

Many people have never been to a counsellor or psychotherapist before so I understand you might be unsure of what counselling and psychotherapy can offer. That's normal with anything new and finding the right counsellor or psychotherapist can seem daunting. I get that. It takes courage to make the initial enquiry but when we meet in the first session we can discuss your expectations and hopefully answer any questions you might have.

Counselling and psychotherapy broadly mean the same thing - a chance to explore your problems in the company of a fellow human being - in this case a trained professional counsellor and psychotherapist who can help you to understand and manage emotional difficulties like stress, anger, depression or loss of confidence. Counselling and psychotherapy can also help with problems which are harder to define, such as a general feeling of dissatisfaction or unease with life, family or work.

Like I said earlier, there are no guarantees but either counselling or psychotherapy can help you rethink your world and bring about changes so you can live a more contented life. In the first session we would talk through the difference and identify what would meet your needs best.

People come to me with difficulties such as

  • Abuse (physical, emotional and sexual)
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying (face-to-face and on-line)
  • Depression
  • Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)
  • Exams
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Redundancy
  • Retirement
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Unemployment
  • Work-related problems
  • Practicalities and Prices

    I currently offer evening appointments from my counselling and psychotherapy practice in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, within easy reach of Watford, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and the surrounding areas. I can also offer Saturday mornings.

    My fees are 35 (students/low-income) and otherwise 45. Sessions I offer last a full hour, although the first session can be a little longer as we discuss and agree how we could work in future. I am open to being flexible to fit around your family or work commitments and I offer evening and Saturday morning sessions. Counselling or psychotherapy is usually weekly and at the same time where possible. A routine can help build stability when we are feeling anything but.

    I am registered by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP Code of Ethics), accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and professionally insured.

    What next?

    Please contact me (e-mail or phone) without obligation or to make an appointment at my counselling and psychotherapy practice. If I do not answer immediately I may be with somebody. Please be patient - I will return your call as soon as I am free to do so.

    Location

    My counselling and psychotherapy practice is in Abbots Langley, in a quiet and relaxed ground floor dedicated therapy room in my home, with discreet private entrance and on-street parking. There are convenient road and public transport links to Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans. At the moment I offer telephone or video sessions only, whichever you prefer. If privacy is difficult at home, some clients speak to me from their car if they have one.

    Employee Assistance Programmes

    Clients generally come to me from West Hertfordshire because my practice is so convenient for St Albans, Watford and Hemel Hempstead, but I also offer services to clients from further away who are referred by Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist who can support their staff through difficult times.

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