Pure Balance


I am a person-centred counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The BACP are a professional standards authority that promote and develop safe, ethical and competent practice in counselling and psychotherapy through raising professional standards, supporting clients and dealing with complaints about poor or unethical practice.

Person or client-centred therapy is based on the view that everyone has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change, given the right conditions. Rather than being seen as the expert and directing the therapy, the counsellor offers unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence to help you come to terms with any negative feelings and to change and develop in your own way.

The first session:

The first session will be slightly different to future sessions, it may be adapted to suit the needs of the client, however, the following is a rough outline of what you should expect:

Then I will give you have the opportunity to talk more thoroughly about the issues that are troubling you.

During the first session, or at any time during your therapy, you can ask me anything you want to know about my qualifications and experience. You can also ask about your therapy and question anything you don't understand. I actively encourage you to do this.

Key Facts 1: What do Counsellors and Psychotherapists do?

Key Facts 2: How do I choose a therapist?

Key Facts 3: What happens in your first session?

How to get the best from you therapist (pdf 0.2MB)

What is counselling and psychotherapy? (pdf 0.3MB)

Choosing a counsellor or psychotherapist (pdf 0.2MB)

What do therapists mean by professional boundaries (pdf 0.2MB)

What to expect when being counselled for post traumatic stress (pdf 0.3MB)