St Andrews Counselling & Psychotherapy
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|Posted on 16 June, 2018 at 13:55||comments ()|
Welcome to my blog page!!
I have been working Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays since I moved into my St Andrews office at the end of last year.
Recently new and existing clients have been asking if I had mid week appointments which would work well for them and having given this some thought decided this new arrangement would work well for me too!
Appointments on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays start at 10 am and I usually finish my last appointment at 6.30pm. Each appointment is 60 minutes.
The St Andrews Counselling and Psychotherapy practice premises is situated in 14 A Woodburn Terrace, just off Lamond Drive and St Mary's so you can access the practice from either road. Parking is on road and there's usually plenty of space. Being just off the bus route means we are accessible from public transport and are just a 10 minute walk from the centre of St Andrews.
If you would like to talk about booking an appointment with me then please phone 07824700980, if I don't answer then please leave a voicemail message and I will return your call as soon as I can.
Or do email me on [email protected] I will reply to your email as soon as I can.
I do like to have a quick chat with you when booking your first appointment, this is to answer any questions you might have and for me to ask you a few things which will help me to find out if I am the right person for you. It's also an opportunity for us to get to know one another before we meet and for me to let you know a little bit about how I work.
Once we decide to work together we can then plan your first appointment, usually within 7-10 days and I can send you more detailed information about how I work, my business terms and conditions, confidentiality policy, information sharing policy and ethical framework for my practice. I also like to send a leaflet about the type of therapy I use which is Transactional Analysis.
Is there anything else you'd like to know? Please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.
|Posted on 6 January, 2018 at 10:55||comments ()|
Well, I've been in my new office for a couple of months now and in the beginning I felt slightly out of place. I don't think I had factored in to moving premises, after several years working from my office at home, the impact this would have on me. To start with I thought I had made a mistake, this move felt wrong in some way, I felt a loss of comfy cosiness and familiarity. Moving involved a geographical relocation but also a psychological moving on and I guess I hadn't accounted for this.
At best I would liken this to starting a new job, getting used to driving here, a new routine, finding a place for things and then finding them again!
Having the furniture in different places, changing locations has more to it than I had imagined and had taken for granted.
Then there was my clients who had got used to coming to my office at home, they had to relocate and find me for the first time, where to park, how to let me know they were there, could they come right in or use the waiting room first? Where would they sit? How would they be somewhere else?
To begin with the newness felt awkward and clunky, did I belong here?
I connected with my past and my childhood of moving every 2 or less years around the world and having to settle in and find my place there, of feeling out of place and not belonging. To get to know a new location, people, settings and routine and how hard this was for me as a child, to get settled only to be uprooted and move again. This was the familiar feeling of loss, and one I know my clients feel, of being "out of place", grief and bereavement, loss of relationship, loss of a sense of self and place in the world.
Yes I had underestimated the power of moving and being moved and the loss of the familiar and change in routine. This has helped my reflect on what has happened to me and how this connected me to my past and the importance to account for this when being in the present and considering the future.