Counselling

Online and telephone counselling (Worldwide*) or walk and talk outdoor counselling (Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch)

Whether it’s a need for extra support in a crisis or facing a long term personal challenge, I offer a confidential counselling service catering for individual or organisational needs. Counselling with me will enable you to better understand your thinking and behaviour and allow you to gain perspective.  This will help you to overcome issues that may have had a negative impact on you and you will be able to make more positive choices than you might have realised.

You will experience a highly professional, safe and supportive environment and you can choose to work on a short or long term basis, at a pace to suit you.  The counselling is on a one to one basis for adults (over 18’s)

An increasingly popular way to combine talking therapy and gentle exercise is my walk and talk outdoor therapy in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.  We are fortunate to have many beautiful parks and beaches in East Dorset.  Many clients prefer that we walk and talk together saying that being outdoors enables them to process their thoughts and feelings more easily, that it is less intense than facing each other in a room and the forward movement of our walking together can help them to imagine and achieve the changes they would like.  There has been an unprecedented growth in demand for this therapy in 2017 and future spaces are limited, so if you wish to to walk and talk get in touch soon to avoid disappointment.

For your convenience I also offer telephone counselling and online counselling via email, instant messaging or audio options.

Currently face to face counselling indoors is not available.

Your counsellor will be myself, Elaine Arthur.  I founded  Transforming Together for my private counselling practice.  I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I am a Registered and an Accredited Counsellor with the Association of Christian Counsellors, I am a Member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online and I am a Member of a Counsellors and Psychotherapists Outdoors Network.  I provide a counselling service for individual clients or couples on a private basis and I also provide a counselling service for workplaces, churches and Employee Assistance Providers.  The service is called Transforming Together because I seek to work with you so that together you can find a pathway towards lasting positive transformation in your life.

If you would like to explore if counselling with me is right for you, I will be happy to offer you a free initial no obligation assessment of up to 30 minutes by telephone or email.   This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have.  For face to face sessions availability is currently daytime only but online and telephone sessions are available during day time and evening.

I integrate a range of counselling models using a holistic approach to well being tailored to your needs.  This can include considering how issues impact you in body, mind and if desired spirit. Methods include use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person-Centred , Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness and creative approaches as best suits for each person. Christian Counselling is available if requested using the CWR/Adapted Crabb model.  I have trained to incorporate coaching and wellbeing training into your counselling experience.

Areas of counselling include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and low mood
  • Spiritual issues
  • Relationship and conflict issues e.g. family, friends, work colleagues and couples
  • Low self-esteem and low self-confidence
  • Past family problems
  • Communication issues
  • Workplace and career issues
  • Personal development
  • Decision-making
  • Managing transitions in life
  • Long term ill health conditions e.g. ME, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Coping with loss e.g. bereavement, retirement, redundancy, separation and divorce
  • Anger management
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Loneliness
  • Sleep problems

Free initial assessment – The starting point for all counselling is to have a free initial no obligation email or phone assessment lasting up to 30 minutes which will then be followed up by a more detailed assessment/introductory session of 50 minutes.  The fee for the 50 minute session depends on whether sessions are online, by telephone or face to face.  See below for details.

Online counselling (Worldwide *) –  The fee for online counselling is £30 per session for text based communication which can consist of one main email each way or a one hour live text based session, e.g. via Skype.  If you would prefer counselling with voice or voice and webcam the fee is £45 per hour. Special online offer – 6 online sessions for the price of 4, when pre-paying for 4 sessions, to be used within a 2 month period.   Special offer places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  * Some legal and insurance restrictions mean there are some countries of residence where we are unable to provide online counselling.  If you live outside of the UK, please check concerning your country.  For frequently asked questions about our online counselling service see www.onlinechristiancounsellor.co.uk/faqs/

Telephone counselling (Worldwide*) – The fee is £45 per hour, based on the client paying for the phone call.  * Some legal and insurance restrictions mean there are some countries of residence where we are unable to provide telephone counselling.  If you live outside of the UK, please check concerning your country. For frequently asked questions about our telephone counselling service see www.onlinetelephonecounsellor.co.uk/faqs/

Face to face counselling in person  (indoor and outdoor options in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, Dorset, UK) – For one to one walk and talk (outdoor therapy) sessions the fees are £45 for 1 hour sessions and £55 for 90 minute sessions. For one to one indoor counselling sessions last for 50 minutes.  The fee for one to one indoor counselling is £45 for sessions between 9am-3pm and £55 for sessions from 3pm onwards.

Counselling sessions are available on a pay as you go basis or by paying for a number of sessions in advance.  Payment for online and telephone counselling is required a minimum of 48 hours before the sessions commence.  An additional charge of £2 is made per cheque and £1 per cash payment to cover the costs of bank charges and other direct costs related to these forms of payment. All the services are open to all, of all faiths or none.

For examples of feedback from users of our services see our testimonials page on this website.

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