My Way of Working
Pluralistic counselling is based on an understanding that ‘different clients need different things at different points in time'. It treats every person holistically, tailoring counselling techniques to their individual preferences and personal circumstances.
My way of working draws on person-centred and solution-focussed training while also incorporating knowledge, skills and experience around pregnancy sickness, and a wide range of theoretical concepts and strategies that can be helpful to clients.
Short or Long Term
I work with clients on a short-term (suggested minimum of 3 sessions) or longer term basis, depending on the level of support required. This is discussed during the first appointment.
Evidence suggests that counselling clients by telephone can be as effective as working face to face. I have chosen to work in this way with clients affected by pregnancy sickness for several reasons: Women who are currently suffering with nausea and/or vomiting may find it difficult to leave their homes to attend a local counselling agency. They may feel uncomfortable around not being able to wash or care for their personal appearance when they are so unwell. They may need to lie down or vomit during a counselling session. The energy required to travel to a counselling session may not be available to them. And when symptoms have eased and a woman is more focussed on recuperation from pregnancy sickness, there may not be any specialist counselling services available in her local area. Counselling by telephone can take place in the comfort and familiarity of a client’s home, enabling her own individual needs to remain at the forefront throughout each session.
As a qualified and experienced Counsellor, my clinical work focuses on clients' emotional and psychological wellbeing. I am not medically trained. Where information or advice is required on any aspect of physical or medical wellbeing in pregnancy (including pharmaceutical treatment options for pregnancy sickness), I signpost clients to a range of appropriate organisations and resources, for additional support alongside counselling.
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