How does counselling begin?
After arranging a time via phone or email, we will meet for an introductory session for you to discuss why you have come for counselling, what you would like to get from therapy and to agree if we both feel we can work together.
Assuming you wish to proceed, we will arrange a regular time slot for counselling sessions moving forward.
How long does
Sessions lasts 50 minutes. Normally clients have one session a week.
There is no set time for how long therapy should last. Some people have counselling for a few months, others for a few years. We will review how things are going regularly. Ultimately, the counselling ends when you decide.
A minimum commitment of six to 12 weeks is usual but again, this is entirely your decision.
How much does therapy cost?
Individual counselling sessions are £50.
Couples counselling sessions are £60.
Payment can be by cash, card or bank transfer. Please note there is a £1.00 supplement for card payments.
What if you cannot make your session?
Despite our best intentions, life gets in the way! If for any reason you cannot make a counselling session I ask that you give me 24 hours notice wherever possible. There will be no charge for sessions cancelled more than 24 hours beforehand.
What should you expect from your sessions?
In essence this is up to you. We will work with what you want to bring to therapy. Sometimes this may be an ongoing issue or theme we are exploring, other times it may be something that has just happened that day.
It is a bit of a cliche, but it is true that the more you put into therapy, the more you get out of it.
What if the sessions become challenging?
There is no getting away from the fact that counselling can be a difficult and sometimes emotional experience. The important thing to remember is that you are in a safe environment where you can explore and express yourself.
If the occasion arises when a therapy session is proving too difficult, you are free to end the session when you need to.
Are these sessions strictly confidential?
Absolutely. Everything we discuss within the counselling room is completely confidential.*
As a qualified counsellor, I operate in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework.
*The only circumstance under which confidentiality may need to be reviewed is in relation to health and safety concerns regarding you, me or significant others in accordance with legal and professional requirements.