A bit about me
Hello, my name is Daniel and I offer face to face counselling from my private practice in Twickenham. I also offer online and telephone counselling for clients across the UK.
I offer a safe and relaxing environment for clients to explore whatever issues they may have. Each person’s experience of therapy is personal and I like to provide a down-to-earth, forward-thinking and solution-focused environment where I recognise that it is the relationship between the client and counsellor that is of the utmost importance.
As an integrative counsellor, I am influenced by a variety of approaches that inform my work. This means that I recognise that all clients have different life experiences and are unique and that one approach does not fit all. I, therefore, draw on different theoretical approaches that influence the way in which I work with you, dependent on your needs. In particular, I recognise that it can be helpful to look at past experiences in order to understand current difficulties in relationships today. I am a thoroughly modern counsellor and am dedicated to providing counselling in a straightforward, non-judgemental and relaxed setting.
If you would like an have an initial session then don’t hesitate to contact me by phone, email or text.
Daniel Higgs Counselling
MBACP Registered, Dip Couns, BSc (Hons)
Face to Face Counselling in Twickenham. Online & Telephone Counselling nationwide.
How I can help.
We all need help from time to time and seeking out counselling is an acknowledgement that we can’t always do it alone. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk things through with someone who is impartial.
You may have a particular problem or perhaps you just don’t feel ok, but you’re not sure why. You may be able to identify current events or relationships that are troubling you, or maybe there are past situations that still affect you; often there is no clear cause.
It may be that you are interested in knowing more about why you behave the way you do. You might want to understand what drives you and why you keep repeating unhelpful patterns of behaviour that you may want to change.
Counselling provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental, impartial space for you to explore what’s troubling you and to work through difficult or conflicting feelings. Counselling can help you to gain clarity and a different perspective and to help you understand yourself better, rediscovering your inner resources which can enable you to take the first positive steps towards change.
Issues I can help with
"I now know that if I felt there was something wrong, it's because there was, but I didn't understand mental healthfully... it's a spectrum and you should feel able to decide where and when you [are] on that spectrum."
"It's overwhelming. Sometimes you can't see beyond the thick fog of stress."
"It starts as sadness then I feel myself shutting down, becoming less capable of coping. Eventually, I just feel numb and empty."
"I could feel all these physical symptoms building inside me, literally filling every part of my body until I felt completely light-headed and disembodied."
"For me, building self-esteem was [about] learning what self-esteem was in the first place. It was unlearning what I had learned about myself ... I went back to self-school and learned all about me."
"I think one of my biggest barriers to getting help was actually not admitting to myself that I had a problem. I used to tell myself, 'I'm only scratching, it's not real self-harm.'"
FAQ & Fees - Counselling Help
How much do you charge for counselling?
Please see my fees page. I also offer a small number of ‘Early Bird’ (6 am) and ‘Night Owl’ (10 pm) sessions. These are charged at a slightly higher rate of £70.00 per session.
How long is a counselling session?
Each session is 50 minutes long.
How many sessions will I need?
It is difficult to say at the outset how many sessions you will need, as it depends on what you want to work on, how you find the therapy, and what else might come up. I can offer short- or long-term counselling, dependent on your needs. 9-12 sessions are typical for short-term counselling. You can come for as many or as few sessions as you need.
What if I don't feel that the therapy is working for me?
There is no need to carry on if you don’t feel that therapy is working for you, but if this is the case, I hope we could figure out why this might be. You might feel I am not the right fit for you and I would be happy for you to find someone you felt more comfortable with. If I feel, after an assessment session, that I cannot help you I will tell you and point you towards organisations or practitioners who might be better placed to do this.
I work shifts, can my sessions be flexible?
I understand that the same time and place each week isn't always convenient for everybody. However, the frequency, reliability and predictability of the counselling session is important to the therapeutic process itself. I try to offer as much flexibility as I can with regard to times and modes of counselling, to make the service as accessible as possible. Give me a call or email, and we can talk about what you need.
Do you work with children or Young Persons?
I'm sorry but I don't offer children or young-person counselling but I am currently working towards a qualification.
Where are you based?
I am based in Twickenham and offer sessions for clients in surrounding areas and online via Zoom. I have completed additional training and assessment to certify my ability to effectively work with you online.
What happens after I make initial contact?
The first step is to have an assessment session. In this, I will ask you questions to understand why you are seeking therapy and what you would like to get from it and I will also take a brief history. It is also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions and to see if you feel comfortable working with me. If I feel I can help you, and you are happy to continue I will agree on a regular time for a weekly session. Please feel free to ask me anything that is on your mind, especially if you are looking for something particular in your counsellor.
What if I can’t attend a session?
If you are unable to attend a session, I will try to offer you an alternative. However this is not always possible, and if the session is missed, I do have to charge you for it. Planned holidays that you take will not be charged but prior notice must be given.
How do I pay?
I prefer payment by bank transfer either before or on the day of the session.
Will my sessions be confidential?
On the whole, yes, absolutely. There are very few circumstances when I might need to disclose something that is said in the session, and we will discuss these in our first session together. If possible, I would always discuss a disclosure with you directly.
What are your qualifications?
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I am an individual member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the Ethical Framework.
If you have any further questions about anything here or have any other questions about counselling, please don’t hesitate to contact me on the details below.