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 practical details 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.
If you are UK based in distress and need immediate support, the Samaritans are available 24/7 on their free helpline 116 123.
If you are in immediate danger please call 999.
If you are residing outside of the UK please contact your local emergency services.
Where can I find you?
My practice is primarily online via video (via Zoom), telephone or walk and talk therapy
How much do you charge?
I charge £60 per session.
I am open to offering concessions under specific circumstances, so please enquire about this during the initial consultation.
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.
You can find my directory listing with them here
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
Do you have a standard agreement with clients?
Yes, I have a standardised agreement but this is usually adapted and discussed with each client, so our personal agreement may differ slightly (but won't veer too far) from the one you can find below.
Walking Therapy has a separate agreement.