No two counsellors are the same - just as you will find some people easier to get on with than others, the same is true of counsellors. While my manner varies a little from client to client, I believe all my work is underpinned by gentleness, my desire to be there alongside you and my hope.
The importance of the therapeutic relationship in counselling is widely acknowledged. Like many other therapists, I will offer a free initial meeting as recognition of the importance of finding the right therapist for you. This gives a chance for us both to consider whether we could work together successfully and also for you to ask any questions you might have.
Even before meeting a therapist you may wish to consider the following.
Firstly, it is worth checking whether a therapist is registered with a professional body. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is the main professional body for counsellors within the UK. The BACP has an ethical code of practice which its members are expected to comply with. It also offers information and support to clients. More information about the BACP may be found here.
Secondly, the style of therapy offered may be important to consider. I give more information about the person-centred approach that I use in my work here.