Life can be difficult and confusing at times and counselling offers a safe and confidential place to explore this. It is often when words fail us that a ‘talking therapy’ can offer the opportunity to find our voice. Counselling can enable you to find a way of coming to terms with the past and to recognise its impact on the present. It can help you to recognise thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns which may prevent you living a satisfactory and fulfilling life. It may also provide you with support whilst you make what may feel like challenging changes.
Which Approach is Best?
At the last count there were over 450 different therapies on offer in the UK!
It can be hard to know which therapy might help or suit you best. Current research shows that the single most important aspect of any successful therapy is the relationship that is co-created between counsellor and client.
This relationship is what defines Jill’s practice.
Over the past fifteen years she has studied and taught a range of counselling theories and approaches. She works in a way that blends them into a relational integrative approach.
She is familiar with six session time-limited therapy and also more open-ended longer-term work.
What She Can Help With
Jill works with a range of issues including:
Abuse, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, depression, divorce, health-related issues, identity problems, infertility, OCD, phobia’s, PTSD, pregnancy-related issues, relationships, transitions and loss, self esteem, sexual abuse, spirituality, stress, work-related issues.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
This is something that will become clear in the first meeting – some issues respond well to short-term work – others take time to be worked through. She can work flexibly with the issues you bring.
How To Get Started?
Trying to find a therapist can be a daunting experience, so Jill usually suggests an initial introductory session. It will be important to discuss what has brought you to therapy, to explore your hopes and expectations and whether you are comfortable working with her.
How Might I Experience the Process?
Therapy is a very personal process; sometimes it raises painful feelings, so you may go through a period of feeling worse that when you started! However therapy should enable you to feel better in the long run. Usually it takes a number of sessions before therapy starts to make a difference, so commitment to the process is important. Allowing adequate time for a ‘good’ ending to the counselling is a key aspect of our work together.
Time Availability & Location
Jill works on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon/evening. She offers 50 minute weekly sessions usually at the same time each week.
Sessions are held in Lewisham on Monday and Sydenham on Tuesday.
This is a five to ten-minute walk from British Rail ‘Lewisham’ and ‘Sydenham’ Stations.
Unfortunately she is unable to offer wheelchair access.
Type of Session
I also work with counselling trainees and can offer pastoral supervision
Face to Face Counselling: with both short- and longer-term contracts
Charge is £50 per session.