How much do sessions cost?
Individual Counselling £45
Couple Counselling £60
Psycho-Educational Groups & Workshops by arrangement
I accept cash or a cheque but unfortunately I cannot take card payments.
How do I know that you are the right counsellor for me?
It is really important for you to find a counsellor that you can trust & feel supported by. I offer an initial 50-minute meeting so that we can meet to discuss what you require from counselling and address any concerns that you may have. This way we can see if working together feels appropriate and you are under no obligation to continue with me. This meeting is charged at £45.
How long does each session last?
Sessions last 50 minutes and are held once a week at the same time, day and place. The whole session belongs to you, whether you choose to attend or not and I will not offer your time to anyone else. If you arrive late for your session, the session will still finish at the time it was scheduled to.
How long does therapy last?
There is no set time for how long your therapy should last. The length of the therapy process will depend on the type of difficulty you are facing and we can review this as we go along. I usually suggest that we start by seeing each other for 6 weeks, then review how things are going & whether our sessions are helping you. We can continue with more & as many as you feel you need.
It is important that you know that the decision to end therapy is yours alone. However, it is also important to try and work towards some kind of planned ending together, rather than finishing abruptly.
Will you tell me how to solve my problems?
No, but I will help you to explore them & understand them better. I can support you in making your own decisions about how you want to resolve them.
Are our sessions confidential?
Everything that we discuss in our sessions is kept strictly confidential. However, as a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), I am required to have regular supervision and may need to discuss our work with my supervisor. A supervisor is another counsellor (also bound by the BACP Code of Ethics) that assists me with my work, helping me provide the best service to you. I will not disclose your name or anything that would enable you to be identified.
I will also need to keep client records and make short notes of our therapy sessions together. I adhere to the Data Protection Act of 1998, meaning notes are securely stored, (for up to 3 years after the end of your therapy) and you can not be identified from them.
If you are already seeing your doctor for emotional difficulties then it is important that you inform them about me. However, I will not contact your doctor without your knowledge & permission.
There may come a time when I do have to break confidentiality – if I am convinced that you intend to harm yourself or there is a serious risk to others then I will need to break confidentiality by informing your GP, but this would only take place with your prior knowledge. In very rare cases I may be required to break confidentiality by law.
What about cancellations?
If you do not show up for your session or cancel with less than 24 hours notice I will still charge you half the full amount for the missed session. I realise that unexpected situations, illnesses or emergencies can occur and this may mean that you are unable to make your session. Please let me know as soon as you can if you are not able to attend. I will always give you as much notice as possible if I have to cancel a session – you will not be charged for these sessions.
Who are the BACP?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is an organisation that provides clear Ethical Codes of Practice for its members, like me. This ensures that I offer a high standard of safe & professional counselling to you. For more information visit: www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework