About Counselling and Therapy

Heather Dale Counselling and Therapy in Keighley, West Yorkshire

About Counselling and Therapy
9th August 2022 
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About counselling and therapy

About Therapy

Counselling and/or psychotherapy offer a chance to reflect on and gain new understandings of psychological distress through the "talking cure". At its most basic counselling and/or psychotherapy offer a confidential space to talk through issues that concern you, whether a current problem, or something unresolved that may go back many years. Whilst making that first step to contact a counsellor may be challenging, talking in a neutral space offers relief and can be inspirational and motivating.

Over a career as a counsellor/psychotherapist that spans nearly 30 years I have worked with a large number of issues, including relationship difficulties, work-based issues, anxiety, bulimia, compulsive eating, gender issues, and couples counselling amongst others. I work from home, in a quiet room used specifically for therapy. Unfortunately, as the room is up a short flight of stairs, I cannot offer disabled access.

I also offer on-line counselling, though I prefer to meet face-to-face at least once, first. On-line counselling offers a different experience from face to face work, but similar results can be achieved.

Regarding supervision: My philosophical position is that all approaches work some of the time and none work all of the time. Consequently, I encourage supervisees to discover a way of working, both with their own clients and with the supervisory relationship that, whilst being sufficiently rigorous, best suits their own individual way of working. Supervision at its best is a collaboration between supervisor and supervisee, where we both reflect on ways of working.

I believe that supervision should be about the whole of the supervisee’s professional development, though with a strong emphasis on client work. However, in any supervisor relationship, there has to be space to monitor ethical practice, to encourage professional development and to offer a safe space to explore, examine and exhume emotions, and to re-charge batteries.

Fees: I currently (June 2019) charge 45 for a fifty minute session, whether individual, couples or supervisees, From time to time there may be increases but advance notice is normally given. Students are charged 40.

What happens after you contact me?

After you have contacted me I will suggest that we meet once, to decide whether we can work together. We then arrange a mutually convenient time (normally on a Monday or Tuesday). That first meeting, is a chance you to tell me a little about what you need and also, if you would like to, tell me some of your personal story and to ask any questions you might have.

As people often come to therapy not knowing what to expect, the first session is about finding out if we can work together. Part of getting the relationship right is in establishing the "therapeutic frame" in the first sessions. This is your chance to tell me what your hopes and fears may be.

If we agree to work together we would then meet regularly (usually once a week for the first few weeks, at least) in order to help you achieve your goals. If you live too far away to come to me I offer on-line counselling ( see above).