At Lifestorm, I offer a warm, confidential and welcoming space for you, where you will be able to discuss your problems and difficulties. You will feel respected, understood and valued, and we will work together towards the changes you want in your life. The purpose of counselling is to help you, the client, recognise your strengths, discover the beliefs and emotions that could be restricting your emotional growth by talking openly and freely to someone who is impartial and emotionally free of entanglements.
Founding Lifestorm in 2008, my training includes a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited Diploma in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis. As a Registered Member of the BACP I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Each month I spend time with a qualified supervisor who confidentially reviews my work as a counsellor.
Prospective client communicates a wish to explore whether counselling is the right way forward.
The initial meeting online will last approx. thirty minutes and there is no charge for this session. It is a time to find out whether we are comfortable with one another and what our expectations are.
This session is specifically for gathering information and will include agreeing the terms of a therapy contract. You will be provided with a link to an online questionnaire which focusses on your personality type and adaptations.
We will spend our time building a therapeutic relationship, exploring thoughts, feelings and behaviours whilst working towards a measured and satisfactory outcome.
The final session will allow us an opportunity to review the counselling journey and to bring therapy to an end.
Prospective client communicates a wish to explore whether therapy outdoors is the right way forward.
The initial meeting online will last approx. thirty minutes and there is no charge for this session. It is a time to gather information and make arrangements to meet. You will be provided with a link to an online questionnaire which focusses on your personality type and adaptations.
We will meet at the agreed start location and after a short briefing set off on our chosen route. The activity will give us time to talk through issues you want to focus on. Walks last an hour and cycling lasts at least 90 minutes. Routes will be selected based on your needs.
Outdoor activities create a different dynamic for therapeutic work - we may have less time to talk because of terrain and tiredness. Unlike regular counselling sessions, you may only wish to do one outdoor session, or once a month. We will set expectations accordingly.
The initial 30 minute session is free of charge. Thereafter each 50 minute online counselling session costs £40. Clients are invoiced and fees are paid via bank transfer or Paypal. The therapy outdoors activities also cost £40 per session.
Online counselling sessions last 50 minutes, giving us sufficient time to establish a healthy and therapeutic relationship. Walking activities will last a minimum of an hour and mountain biking activities will last a minimum of 90 minutes.
Ideally, my clients attend therapy on a weekly basis, usually at the same time and on the same day or evening. However I am able to accommodate those who require a more flexible approach. Therapy outdoors activities can be as often as you like.
For all new clients, I offer a free 30 minute introductory session. This provides you with the opportunity to discover whether counselling is the right way forward, and to find out whether we are comfortable with each other and what our expectations are.
Yes, everything we discuss is strictly confidential. However, there are a number of exceptions including:
At the outset we will agree to the terms of a therapy contract together and this will include a full disclosure of the exceptions.
I require at least 24 hours notice if you intend to cancel your session or you will be charged at the full session fee.
To ensure the safety of my clients during the Covid-19 pandemic I am currently offering online sessions by video call or telephone. This is proving to be a successful option – all you need is a secure broadband connection and a webcam, or good telephone signal. And of course, an environment that offers guaranteed privacy for your comfort and confidentiality.
If you are interested in therapy outdoors then we can talk while we walk or cycle. I offer this service within a radius of 15 miles from my location in Baughurst, Hampshire.
Take me up on a free 30 minute introductory session via video call or telephone. It will provide you with the opportunity to find out whether counselling is the right way forward, whether we are comfortable with each other, and what our expectations are.