A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life
Welcome, and thank you for visiting.
My name is Diane and I am a Hants-based counsellor offering online counselling throughout the UK.
After gaining a BSc. in Psychology and MSc. in Health Psychology from the University of Southampton, I worked as a Researcher in Mental Health, whilst volunteering as a CRUSE bereavement counsellor. When I decided to start up my own private practice I took a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling at the University of Chichester to update my counselling skills, followed by a Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor).
Sessions available from 8am - 6.30pm Tues-Fri, Sat 8-12noon.
Counselling is non-directive and takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.
Trouble with a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression - many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to handle on your own. Counselling offers an opportunity to learn new skills and approaches to coping, through understanding the underlying issues. This enables you to manage or resolve concerns in your own way.
Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see ways of using the knowledge gained to improve life-enhancing opportunities.
As a Humanistic Counsellor, I believe that we all have the answers within ourselves and the potential to grow and change, but sometimes need help to access our coping skills. Therefore, I place the client at the centre of my work, working at their own pace with what they bring, to gain insights into what will help them achieve acceptance and/or peace of mind from whatever stresses or distresses they bring. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to me. I work in a supportive, non-judgemental way which is backed by theory and research from both counselling and psychology.
I work with losses caused by Bereavement, Divorce, Relationship Difficulties, Depression, Difficulties from Childhood, and those who live with or care for those with Personality Disorders, including Narcissistic and Borderline Personality Disorders. I have worked with people who struggle with life due to Spectrum Disorders and Anxiety. Learning new coping skills or developing old ones can make the future look less scary and more positive.
People come to me for help with a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:
Stress or Anxiety
Grief, Loss, and/or Bereavement
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Low Self Esteem/ Self-Confidence
General Life Changes
I work with adults over the age of 18 years, by Zoom or WhatsApp.
Within the Waterlooville, Hants area, it may be possible for home visits in exceptional circumstances.
Initial contact is made through my e-mail or through the BACP or Counselling Directory websites or by using the contact form below. You will need to leave an e-mail address or telephone number, giving times when you are available to speak, or if it's OK for me to leave a text or voice message to arrange a short private telephone conversation. This telephone conversation is to gain a few details about you and what help you are seeking: this takes approximately 20 minutes and is a no-charge, no obligation service.
Single Counselling Sessions
Sessions last for 50 minutes and take place online.
Note: Sessions are payable 48 hours in advance. Cancellations of less than 48 hours notice may be charged.
Permission received to use this quote from a client:
“Diane has really helped me this year. She has shown incredible understanding and intelligent insight that has helped me to open up and reflect on my experiences, my anxiety, low mood and level of self esteem. When I look back to the start of the year I could not have pictured myself being in the place I am today. Her empathetic approach and gentle encouragement have helped me to progress and grow as a person. “
Counselling is usually a good way to help with a current problem; something that can be discussed and - hopefully - resolved within a limited number of sessions. Over a certain number of weeks the understanding of the problem improves and a way forward becomes clear. Therapy often describes work that goes a bit deeper, towards more substantial life issues and problems having a deeper effect on the client’s life. Therapy often requires a long-term approach, so the number of sessions can be open-ended.
Which option is most suitable depends on the client and the difficulties they are facing. In some cases counselling works well as an ongoing, longer-term option - or therapy can manage to resolve an issue in just a few sessions.
Everything that is said within the counselling room is private - this is one of the main ways counselling and therapy differ from talking to a friend or relative. Once you are comfortable with the format of weekly sessions and the safe space they provide, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.
Note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, and there the law requires that I notify an authority; in these cases I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare and normally after discussion but there are a few legal exceptions outlined in the contract.
Usually I am asked this question by people who are nervous about entering into counselling, or when they are looking for support in coming to see a therapist. This anxiety is understandable, but a key aspect of therapy is that you should feel free to talk about any issues you feel are important to you. Having someone else with you who may be connected to those issues or hold strong opinions about your situation, may make the interaction between us more difficult. It is also very important that having counselling is a choice you have made for yourself. I therefore only see unaccompanied clients.
The number of sessions needed varies from person to person, how easily you are able to access your feelings, the nature of the issues presented, and how deeply you wish to explore.
For a specific issue a few sessions may suffice or for longer term difficulties it may be that you choose either longer term work or blocks of time with breaks between.
When work begins we will discuss your time requirements.
I aim to contact clients within 48 hours of receiving the enquiry to arrange a no charge telephone discussion of the issue/s. If you decide to proceed to paid sessions we can discuss a mutually convenient time slot, which would be your time for the duration of your sessions, subject to any emergencies. Depending on your availability schedule I am often able to offer a slot within a week.
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