Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions that are not answered here.
What will happen when we meet for the first time?
This initial 50 minute session will give us the opportunity to talk about the reasons that are bringing you to counselling and what you may want to achieve.
In this first session I may ask some questions and take brief notes, as together we establish what you might need from therapy.
I will then give you a chance to experience what therapy will be like with me.
By the end of this session we would have an understanding about what it would be like working together.
If you choose counselling is for you we can then decide upon the weekly time of our sessions.
How long do I come to counselling for?
This is entirely up to you.
I usually offer an open ended contract, which people tend to find helpful. This is where the therapy is on going with no strict end date so we continue working as long as you are finding it helpful. We can arrange regular reviews which we decide upon together to see how the therapy is working and this will always be a joint process.
However, if you feel that this way of working isn’t for you, we can talk about time limited counselling - this suits people who have a particular goal in mind or it can be helpful to get you through a particular event in your life.
NB: Counselling isn’t a cure, but it can help you to understand your thoughts and feelings during this time.
What happens if you are fully booked?
If I do not have any spaces for new clients, I will always try to inform you as soon as possible. If this should occur, I have a waiting list. I will always try to accommodate enough spaces for new clients but if this is not possible I can offer an alternative referral if necessary.
Where can I find you?
At the moment due to the current pandemic, I am only able to offer video (via Zoom), telephone or walk and talk therapy
How much do you charge?
I charge £55 per session. However, if you are on a low income, I might be able to help. Please contact me for more details.
Are you a member of a professional body?
Yes, I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling in Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their ethical code of good practice.
For more information please visit their website. https://www.bacp.co.uk
I am also a member of The Person Centred Association (TPCA – formerly the BAPCA) https://www.the-pca.org.uk