Frequently Asked Questions

We all have questions sometimes

Practicalities

Where are you based?


I work from a home based practice in Chelmer Village, Chelmsford. I will provide you with the exact address when we have agreed a first session. There is parking available onsite. The A12 and A138 create easily accessible routes and there are good bus routes for those who are unable to drive. The location is ideal for all areas of Chelmsford, but also further afield - Hatfield Peveral, Witham, Danbury, Baddow, Boreham.




What Times can I have Sessions?


I recognise that not everyone can have sessions in the middle of the day, you may have commitments and demands on you. As such where available I offer flexible times before and after traditional 'office hours' as well as day time appointments. Monday-Thursday: 07:00 - 19:30 Friday: 07:00 - 15:00




How Long Do Sessions Last?


Sessions usually last 50 minutes, unless it is a first appointment. As this is the first opportunity we have to meet each other this lasts up to 90 minutes. Sessions take place weekly at the same time, so it's important that we find a time that is right for you. There is flexibility available for shift workers and in exceptional circumstances.




How Much Do Sessions Cost


My current fee is £45 per session. There are a range of payment options and these will be discussed with you in your first session. First appointments are £60, and payment is required in advance to secure that appointment.




What's the best way to contact you?


Due to the nature of my work, I'm not always able to answer the telephone, so it is best to get in touch via email: echidnacounselling@gmail.com I aim to respond to all contacts within 24 hours Alternatively you can call or text on 07308 887291, or by completing the online form.




How Many Sessions Will I need?


That's up to you. I offer open-ended counselling, which means that depending on why you've come to counselling and what you want to achieve we can work together for as long as feels beneficial to you. For some people that can be one or two sessions, others feel they need to continue for longer. It is a continually reviewed process that is led by you.





Psychodynamic Counselling?





What is the BACP and why are you registered?


The BACP is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is a professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists practising in the United Kingdom. They champion counselling in the UK because they believe counselling can change the lives of individuals, but also have a positive impact on families and communities. They promote and facilitate research to produce best practice, and provide a robust ethical and practice framework for members to adhere to. This ensures that individuals seeking counselling with me can be assured that the counselling they recieve is to the highest standard. My registry entry number is: 378971




What sort of Counsellor are you?


I trained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor with a BACP Accredited Course.

The prefix ‘psycho’ originates from the Greek ‘psykho’ and relates to the ‘psyche’ which encompasses both intellectual processes and feelings. The suffix ‘dynamic’ infers movement and change.

Therefore, ‘Psychodynamics’ recognises that experiences of the outer world (which is dynamic) are influenced by our mostly unconscious internal world (our psyche). This style of counselling encourages the client, to explore their inner world and thus their relationship to the outer world.

It focuses on linking our past experiences to current ways of feeling, behaving, and relating to self and others. The development of a deeper sense of self awareness can in turn lead to healing, improve your quality of life and your relationships with yourself and with others.

Psychodynamic counselling looks at understand the ‘how we got here’ aspect of a problem or issue. Work may focus on exploring emotions to put them into words; exploring attempts to avoid distressing feelings and thoughts; identifying recurring patterns in thoughts, feelings, relationships and life; discussing past experience in order to understand the present.

Whilst all counselling approaches recognise the importance of the relationship between counsellor and client, psychodynamics places special emphasis on this, in helping individuals to use past experiences to begin to understand their behaviour, feelings and emotions. This emphasis on the relationship is why a first session is so important for both of us in deciding a way forward together.




What sort of Issues do you have experience working with?


One thing I am passionate about is getting the message out that counselling isn’t necessarily about having ‘a problem’. This is often the reason people seek counselling, but it can also help you to look at and understand the patterns of behaviour and thinking that are not helpful to you, enabling you to make changes in your life that offer greater freedom in thought and action.

Having said that, loss and grief is my speciality, specifically working within Cancer Care, Palliative Care and Bereavement. However, loss can fall into some broader categories than death. Feelings of loss are very personal, and only you know what is significant to you. Some other losses might be:

  • Leaving Home

  • Relationship Breakdowns or Divorce

  • Change of Jobs or Role

  • Graduation / Retirement

  • Change in Physical Ability and Health

  • Financial Issues

  • Miscarriage

Counselling can help with the feelings and experiences of all types of loss. owever, I can also help if you are experiencing:

  • Feelings of isolation and loneliness

  • Stress or problems related to work, or study

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Feelings of guilt or shame

  • Difficulty voicing what you need

  • Anxiety and an inability to cope with everyday life

  • Impact of trauma

  • Overthinking

  • Feeling as though you can never 'get it right'

  • Depression, panic attacks or stress

  • Concerned about how manage your anger

  • Lack of self-esteem, engaging in negative self-talk

  • Lack of confidence and not fulfilling your potential

  • Difficulty with your relationship with food

  • Addiciton & Substance Misuse

  • A feeling you would benefit from a safe space to talk confidentially

This list is not exhaustive, the most important message I have is, reach out. Book a first session and together we can discuss what is bringing you to counselling, and together we can decide a way forward.

What if counselling were the best self-care you could give yourself?