Welcome to Lark Rise Counselling & Psychotherapy.
If you have arrived at this website then I imagine it’s likely that you are feeling unhappy with one or more aspects of your life or the feelings that you are experiencing.
Through the process of counselling, I can help you to navigate your way through the difficult feelings to a point where you feel more comfortable.
Type of Therapy
Counselling and Psychotherapy (between which there is little distinction) is not a magic wand that will make all your problems disappear.
However, carrying around negative feelings can weigh us down and affect our quality of life and those around us. Facing those fears and problems within a therapeutic relationship can help you to find a new perspective and improve your sense of wellbeing.
The modality of counselling that I mainly work with is known as the Person-Centred Approach. The core belief of this approach is centred around the notion that clients do not necessarily need to be ‘advised’ or ‘coached’ into a particular course of action. As your therapist, I will respect your choices and decisions and will not judge you. I will accompany you on your journey, rather than trying to decide the route for you!
However, within this compassionate relationship, prepare to be gently challenged! Respecting you and your point of view does not mean passively nodding and agreeing. If you choose to work with me, you will be meeting a counsellor whose passion for the work will make our sessions engaging and energising.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I am also able to offer you CBT, a highly effective way of understanding and managing a variety of problems from feelings of anxiety through to phobias. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a collaborative process and can help you to discover your own ‘toolkit’ with which to manage problems.
One of my interests is for helping those who are preparing for parenthood or adjusting to being a new parent. Both of these times can be exciting and wonderful for some and daunting and challenging for others. Often expectations, fears and disappointment can ruin a potentially joyful experience and being able to talk about this, free from judgement can be very helpful.
Male Mental Health
Depression and anxiety does not just apply to one section of society, it can affect any of us, but I know that often, seeking help through talking therapy can be perceived as a female trait. For that reason, I am also very keen to help men, who can often feel uncertain about seeking help. The benefit of finding a confidential space with which to share uncomfortable feelings cannot be underestimated. There is really no need to suffer in silence and asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
Volunteering for Cruse Bereavement Care UK for a number of years has enabled me to work extensively in the field of bereavement. The type of loss that I have helped clients to deal with has included everything from death in old age to sudden and traumatic deaths, such as road traffic accidents and suicide. I have also worked with those affected by loss from terrorist acts.
Grieving is a very individual process, which can be affected by one’s previous life experiences, religious background, support systems and coping mechanisms. There is no time limit on grieving for a loved one and sometimes a death can also mean relief, bringing with it feelings of guilt.
I work to support bereaved clients during this difficult time and help them to make sense of the complex emotional fallout that can often accompany death.
Fees and how I work
Should you choose to contact me, we will discuss your requirements by phone or email and arrange an initial consultation. At this first session, we will have the chance to meet face to face, discuss the issues you wish to bring in more depth and decide if we feel comfortable with working together.
My charges are £65.00 for 50 minutes and this includes the initial assessment session.
I do offer concessionary rates, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unsure and we can discuss this.
I work out of offices at the Matlock Therapy Centre and also the Wellbeing Clinic in Derby. I am also able to offer counselling at your home address or workplace and am happy to discuss these options with you.
Areas of experience
In addition to working in private practice, I also have experience within counselling agencies. I have worked with clients at the YMCA in Burton-on-Trent and also on two NHS projects helping mothers with depression and anxiety, both before and after the birth of their babies.
I also work as a counsellor with NHS staff from two different hospital bases, helping them to manage issues, both in the workplace and on a personal level.