Counselling in Weston-Super-Mare and North Somerset
Telephone & Online Counselling Worldwide
During Covid-19, for the time being, all sessions will be provided either by telephone or online video calls using either Skype or Google Duo (both systems are very easy to set up!). To find information on online sessions please click: Telephone/Online Counselling
I have experience with a wide range of issues that bring people to counselling. Here is a list of common counselling areas I work with:
I work from a purpose-built counselling cabin at my home address in Worle, which is in easy travelling distance from Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead and many other areas within and surrounding North Somerset.
I offer a humanistic counselling approach, where you are given the time and space to talk about whatever is currently on your mind for us to explore together; I believe this will encourage deeper self-awareness and clarity on your current issues, which will enable you to realise the steps needed to improve your current circumstances and become aware of how to better your life for the future.
To find out more about the humanistic approach, click here.
I also integrate other therapeutic approaches into my work when a different counselling style may feel better suited to your needs. Every client I've worked with has brought something unique to them, which is why I approach counselling in this way.
To find out more about the integrative approach, click here.
Visit my Counselling Options & Cost page to gain a better understanding of the different ways I can provide counselling, to help you in deciding the best approach for you.
Professional registration & insurance
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society (NCS). I follow their ethical code of practice to ensure my credibility as a professional.
I am a fully insured counsellor, which includes offering home visit counselling to people living in north somerset, should you have physical or mental health issues which would prevent you from getting to my office for counselling in worle, weston super mare. There are boundaries and limitations to home visit counselling, which will be discussed in our initial consultation. I am also trained to work on the telephone and online counselling if you think this would be more beneficial to you. Online counselling is offered via Skype or Google Duo and an explanation of how to use either one can be provided. Visit my Counselling Options & Cost page for further information.
How to get started
The first thing that we will need to do together is arrange for an initial consultation. The consultation gives us a chance to discuss your reasons for getting in contact, for you to ask any questions you may have prior to starting counselling, and to help you to make an informed decision about starting counselling before you have made a financial commitment. This can be done either over the phone at an agreed time between both of us, or in my counselling office in worle, weston super mare (north somerset).
The initial consultation is charged at £20 for the hour.
There is a contact form on the contact details page for you to fill in with your name, telephone number and reason for getting in contact. Once completed, I will be in contact with you as soon as possible. If you would like to call me to discuss, my number is 07462 110948. If I don't answer please feel free to leave me a voicemail with your name, telephone number and that you are looking for counselling and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
I believe that counselling is about providing a space for you to feel safe and supported, knowing that what you talk about will be kept confidential. It is a place to explore thoughts, emotions and behaviours that may be having a negative impact on your life, and look at way that you can improve your well being. Common reasons for seeking counselling include relationship breakdowns, stress (work, education, home etc...), low confidence, as well as mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
One of the most important elements of counselling is the therapeutic relationship that we will build together. I will become an impartial person in your life whilst you are going through therapy. Many clients have said to me that this was one of the most beneficial aspects of counselling for them, as they felt that there was no judgement on what they shared with me and so they were able to discuss and explore their further.
I aim to facilitate you in gaining insight and clarity into elements of your life that at the moment you may be feeling stuck with, and are having an impact on your mood, thoughts and behaviour; this is a very common reason why people seek counselling, with research showing that counselling can help people develop skills to overcome this.
I believe that by offering you environment that feels safe, authentic and free from judgement, you will start to develop useful skills and resources that will enable you to move on in your life.
What isn't counselling?
Counselling is unlikely to give you an instant solution to issues. However, it does provide an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the ways in which positive changes can encourage you to explore difficulties in your life and work towards resolving personal issues.
Counselling is not an advice giving service. It is a supportive service that allows a you to gain an understanding of yourself through self-exploration of emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
Counselling will require a willingness from you to want to make positive changes in your life in order for the work to be as beneficial as possible. However, the fact that you are exploring a counselling website would suggest that there is a willingness or curiosity in pursuing counselling, and that maybe it's time to start the steps that will have a positive effect on your life. If so, please give me a call as I may be able to help you to get more clarity on your options, whether counselling is right for you at this time and what the next step is.
How long will I need?
This is a very difficult question to answer. I always work to 6 sessions and then review the work; I do this because I feel that it offers us a chance to discuss the work we have done in those 6 sessions, so that we can see what may need to be explored further or whether we are at the end of our work together. I have worked with some people that have only come to 3 sessions and felt that that was sufficient for what they needed, and I have worked with others for more than 30 sessions, it is entirely individual.
hOW DO I PAY for my counselling?
Face to Face Counselling: You can either pay via BACs or cash on the day (or the day prior to your session).
Telephone Counselling: You would need to pay for this option via BACs. I would require payment the day before and will not contact you unless I have received payment.
Online Counselling: You would need to pay for this option via BACs. I would require payment the day before and will not contact you unless I have received payment.
The counselling prices are listed on the Counselling Options & Cost page.
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"I found George online and after reading through his website, I realised I'd found my guy. Upon meeting with George he was able to quickly establish my needs and what he could offer me. I found talking with George very easy and comfortable. His knowledge of a vast array of different areas meant that he could pick a person centred approach and through dialogue find out exactly where I resonate. I have found my time with him extremely useful and I would highly recommend his services. Even if your not entirely sure what your after I am confident george would be able to help you navigate through to a more informed decision as he did with me. I felt very comfortable at ease in all sessions and I feel I have gained a lot more tools to use in future. Thanks again George."
"George has been so easy to talk to and very understanding. He is kind and informative and knew how best to support me. He supported me through a very tough time in my life and I highly recommend him. Thankyou George for your time and patience."
"I have always found George to be friendly, personable as well as a very good listener, he digests what you say and considers his responses carefully, more often than not he will respond in a way that makes you sit back and think about yourself and your situation. He likes to challenge your perceptions and causes you to stretch and grow. Working with him has always been a complete pleasure and I can honestly say I have enjoyed my time under his care."
"When I first spoke to George I told him what a challenge I would be to work with because throughout my life I'd refined my defences to make them impenetrable, but I needed to work through some emotions that had resurfaced from my past, which I was struggling to control. He accepted that challenge and has helped me work through one of the toughest periods of my adult life. His genuine warmth and openness, his curiosity and integrity, his ability to engage with the subject and reflect and analyse is so natural to him that he makes it easy to open up and work through thoughts, feelings and emotions, and to make those connections you may have missed, or in my case, avoided. Not only is he very good at being a counsellor, he is a genuinely nice guy and I thank him wholeheartedly for seeing it through with me."