How I work?
“My desire to connect with my clients in a meaningful and healing way is at the heart of my therapeutic work.”
Terms & Conditions
The Counselling Terms
Each session lasts 50 minutes
Your Commitment To Counselling
Length of term of therapeutic process
This depends on your counselling goals. It is not always possible to gauge how many sessions will be required at the outset. Also, sometimes unexpected issues may come up during the counselling period. How we proceed with addressing these issues is entirely at your discretion. You can change or end the process any time you wish.
I do not encourage a lot of contact between sessions. Understandably, this is sometimes necessary, but it is preferable to keep some therapeutic boundaries as part of the process, limiting contact to arranging or rearranging sessions, requesting extra sessions or brief scheduled email/phone exchanges.
Towards the End
It would be helpful to consider, when the need arises, whether an ending session is important and we might together discuss the best way of ending the therapeutic relationship.
Most of the therapeutic work will happen within the scheduled sessions.
Your Counselling Goals
Within the first session, we agree your counselling goals together. During the course of your counselling, we will continue to review these goals periodically, as and when you feel it necessary.
This helps you to get the most out of your counselling sessions and to keep us on track with the agreed goals.
Why is counselling important?
Various attachment styles underpin all our relationships. Human beings are wired for belonging and connection, fulfilled through our interactions with others.
Unresolved emotional issues arising from adverse childhood experiences (ACE) can prevent us forming healthy attachments and stable relationships in adulthood .
Neglect in childhood can disrupt early stages of emotional development and cause long term symptoms. Family dysfunction from alcohol abuse and other addictions can lead to a host of emotional problems and dysfunctional behaviour in later life such as low self esteem, eating disorders, complex post traumatic stress disorder (c-PTSD) which can also have a knock on effect on relationships.
- Problem work relationships
- Phobias and obsessions
- Serious illnesses and health conditions
- Problems with weight
- Addictive behaviours (Gambling, Substance abuse)
- Sexual Abuse
- Domestic violence
- Feelings of isolation
What are the common fears and worries about counselling?
- I don’t trust you. It can be quite daunting to search for a good therapist, especially if you have not experienced counselling. Counselling is a helping relationship which is built upon trust.
- I don’t believe the promise you’re making is going to come true
- I worry about what my peers will think
- I am afraid of change and I worry that your promise might come true
- I’m not in the right emotional, physical or social state right now
- I have different goals than you think I do
- I have a different risk profile than you think I do
- I have a different problem than you think I do
- I tell myself a different story about money than you think I do
- I’m not the decision maker, or at least I don’t think I am
- I can wait, and there doesn’t feel like any benefit for acting soon that’s sufficient to overcome my inertia
- I actually don’t have the resources, can’t find the resources, won’t pay the price to get the resources
What makes a good therapist?
How would you know if your therapist is right for you?
First impressions count. Feeling a warm connection is essential to establishing a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, after all you want to trust them with issues that are deeply personal to you.
Although creating an engaging therapeutic relationship comes naturally to a well trained therapist, you will be looking for a commitment to supporting you with all the changes you want for yourself. A good therapist cares about your well being with empathy and compassion and a sound awareness of their own boundaries.
The person-centred counselling relationship is founded in confidentiality and respect, and a willingness to be open and authentic.
Why choose Mignon?
- Mignon is an experienced counsellor, competent in a range of integrative counselling skills and a focus on working with adult individuals and groups.
- Mignon is a member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Mignon has a demonstrated history of working with adults to improve your well-being.
- Mignon has a strong belief in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and with an emphasis on YOU, the client as central to the healing process.
How do I choose the right counselling solution for me?
Let me help you to choose the right counselling solution for you.
Whether you have a long term problem in your relationships or you require a short term solution, there is a favourable option available to suit your needs.
Ultimately, you can decide which counselling solution is right for you.
You can invest as little or as much as you like. The choice is yours.
Then pay as you go or talk to me about how my experience and expertise can help you to get started with the right counselling solution for you.
Payment for all personal counselling sessions are easy. Ensure that you secure your booking at least 48 hours in advance to avoid disappointment.
How will I benefit from counselling?
You may feel unable to share your feelings and problems with people who are closest in your life. Talking to a complete stranger can give you freedom to talk about things you wouldn’t normally admit to your friends and family.
It helps to talk to a professional counsellor provides an opportunity to discuss your problems with someone who will listen without judgement. Speaking your thoughts and emotions out loud to another person allows you to let things out, release pent up emotions that you’ve been bottling up for a long time and see these from a new perspective to gain new ways of thinking about your problems.
You will feel lighter after offloading your emotions through counselling, making it easier to cope with the rest of your life. If anything difficult should come up, you have someone you can talk to about your worries.
Examining your emotions with a counsellor allows you to see yourself how others see you, thus offering a heightened sense of self-awareness, an empowered feeling, more at peace with yourself and a boost in self-esteem & self- confidence.
Improving your mental health improves your physiology and overall health and wellbeing improves too. Some benefits of counselling can be more energy, sounder sleep, and a better appetite. You might become more active, which can elevate feelings of positivity.
I am trained to guide you through your sessions, so that you can get more from and improve your quality of life.
Take a brave step, dedicate some time and commit yourself to facing your problems.
Why is it important to start now?
Have you ever considered what is the emotional cost of living with PTSD? Imagine if you can have everything you’ve ever dreamed of, the perfect love, feeling happy and contented. Now imagine what your life would feel like without some of the burdens of low mood, anxiety and depression. Life is too short to waste time feeling bad about yourself. Your wellbeing is very important. Consider it an investment in your own happiness. Ii’m sure you want a lot more out of your life and your relationships.
You might even be curious about all those ‘blind spots’ that are holding you back from achieving happiness.
What would it take for you to seize this opportunity and get some counselling help?
Invest in your self today.
What is your pricing structure?
What is your payment and cancellation policy?
Payment is made in advance of each session, or paid in advance for a set number of sessions via this link.
It is endeavoured that you will be given as much advance notice as possible in terms of holidays or of any other need to cancel a future appointment.
Cancellation and missed session policy
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know as soon as possible. The required notice for cancellation is 48 hours. Where there is less notice, or if you fail to attend your appointment, the full fee will be charged. We hope clients appreciate that it is rarely possible to fill these appointments at such short notice which is why we are obliged to charge for the Therapist’s time.
How do you handle confidentiality and personal information?
Confidentiality is an integral part of counselling and psychotherapy and is seen as essential to building the therapeutic relationship and ensuring the client’s sense of safety. The therapeutic process encourages the client to be as open and honest as possible and inevitably personal experiences and sensitive information is disclosed. It is vital therefore that the client can trust that everything discussed will remain completely confidential. All information will remain confidential unless both the client and therapist agree to discuss something with a third party. The only circumstance where confidentiality might be broken would be if there was a serious risk to the client’s life or if another person’s life was at risk; alternatively, in the rare instance where the therapist was liable to civil or criminal court proceedings if they did not disclose client information. If at all possible this would be discussed at length with the client beforehand and everything would be done to safeguard client confidentiality despite.
Handling of personal information
All records are held securely and ensures the utmost confidentiality in the treatment of any information held about its clients. No information will be disclosed without the client’s written permission, except under certain rare legal circumstances (e.g. Child Protection). I follow the BACP Ethical Framework 2018 for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I am fully insured for professional liability and maintain regular supervision for all client work undertaken. I have an Access to Records policy and comply with the Data Protection Act 1988 and GDPR introduced in May 2018.