Finding the right counsellor for you can be daunting and not all counsellors are right for all people. I will respect your own uniqueness and support you to finding your own meanings and solutions. With caring and non-judgemental support I can provide you with a neutral space where you can get things off your chest.
If appropriate we can look at how early experiences may be affecting you in the present and holding you back in your current relationships. How we think, feel and act is often rooted in our past, and not appropriate to the present. When you feel comfortable enough we can sit together and look at what is hurting. Old hurts may be getting in the way and counselling can free you to find more constructive ways forward.
Counselling can be helpful to people wishing to recover from destructive addictions. With my specialist training around addictions, we would work together on your motivation and acknowledge the difficult and often painful feelings you may have difficulty managing.
A lot of people suffer from self-harm and eating disorders. When you are feeling so much emotional pain counselling can really help. We could help you gain more self-understanding and build on your confidence and self-worth.
I aim to draw on all my skill and experience as appropriate to your particular need.
The first step is to contact me. I would be happy to talk to you about what you are looking for and what I can offer without committing you to anything further.
Is counselling for you?
Finding the right counsellor can be daunting and not all counsellors are right for all people. This is why I offer an initial consultation free of charge. It provides a chance for us to meet and explore how you could benefit from counselling.
I work to the highest professional and ethical standard as an accredited member of the British Association for counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am bound by their ethical framework for good practice.
Confidentiality is an essential ethic in counselling, Perhaps you have a problem which you feel awkward or embarrassed to talk about with your family or closest friends.
It is understandable to try and deal with problems yourself. In many cases these problems can be dealt with, but if you feel stuck then counselling can help.
The problem is that we quite often do things for unrelated reasons. We may eat because we feel bored or empty, may drink alcohol to self medicate or may spend money to feel better about ourselves. However, simply expecting ourselves to change just like that is often asking too much. Feeling at war with ourselves can be lonely and exhausting.
It does not have to be like this. There can be a way out. The first step is to contact me. I would be happy to talk to you about what you are looking for and what I can offer without committing you to anything further. If we decide to meet we can think more about what is troubling you and how I can best help. I work with people from all walks of life. I will not offer advice or judgement but will work with you towards understanding whatever is troubling you and making sense of your difficulties.
I have had many years of experience in helping people both young and old, many with very serious problems. Together we can usually work through their painful feelings and fears. There is potential in all of us. Potential to recover and potential to find fulfilment. As soon as you start to talk and share your feelings with someone who truly listens, the sharing of the problem can often provide an immediate relief.
What to expect
As a counsellor I aim to support your own process with respect for your values, beliefs and sexual orientation. The length of this process will depend on what you want to address or change in your life and how you wish to approach counselling. You may wish to focus on an individual problem in a set time frame, or you may wish take the time to explore more deeply underlying issues.
Kate Harmar CounsellorCounselling sessions usually run on a weekly basis and clients mainly take relief in the knowledge that this is their space in which share and reflect.
As you see I have a degree in humanistic counselling. The type of therapy I offer is particularly effective with most clients since it allows the individual the time and space to explore the root causes of distress. For the first few sessions I will be mainly information gathering. Many clients often feel relieved simply to share their feelings and have a witness at this stage. If there are parts of your life which you do not wish to share or work with then I will respect that. It is only when past events are seriously affecting today’s life that they need to be addressed.
Once you have made initial contact with me, we can agree on a time to meet. My initial consultation is free of charge which gives you a chance to find out about me and how I work. My fee thereafter is £40.00 per session. A session normally lasts one hour.
When you feel comfortable enough we can sit together and look at what is hurting. Some clients feel sad and troubled and they don’t know why. If this happening with you I would like to help you become more aware of your feelings, so that you can put them into words. While focusing on what your life is like we can explore you’re the various ways ahead for you and build on your inner strengths.
I aim to draw on my skills and experiences as appropriate to your particular need. I can provide an opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of your difficulties. Finding a new perspective may help you open up to the possibility of moving forward, or making any changes that feel right.
I have had specialist training and experience around addictions and their consequences and I am able to work in an analytical way where we can build on your motivation and acknowledge the reasons you give to yourself for the problem you face. Many of my clients attend Alcoholics Anonymous and I have huge respect for its practice.
Whether it be an addiction, eating disorder, anxiety or depression, counselling can help you look at yourself…..the real you behind the obvious problem.
As an accredited member of the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I adhere to its ethical framework. I am also a qualified counselling supervisor and attend regular counselling supervision myself as required by my profession.
Please see the FAQ page link at the top to find out what others have asked. You are very welcome to email or call me should you wish to find out more.