How much do sessions cost?
Individual Counselling (18+) – £45 (per 50 minute session)
Concessions are available for trainee counsellors and full-time adult students – £35
Kindly note that I accept payment by on-line bank transfer only.
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.
In the first instance, I offer a free, 30-minute telephone conversation to discuss the main issues you are experiencing and how we might work together. The gives us both an idea if working together feels appropriate.
I then suggest that we have an initial face-to-face 50-minute session – this gives you an idea of what a counselling session with me would be like. We can discuss further what you require from counselling and address any concerns that you or I may have. This way we can see if working together feels right for us both. This meeting is charged at my full or concessionary rate (as agreed). You are under no obligation to continue with me.
How long does each session last?
Individual sessions last 50 minutes and couples sessions are 60 minutes. They are usually held once a week at the same time, day and place. If you arrive late for your session, the session will still finish at the time it was scheduled to.
How do video sessions work?
In-person sessions, (face-to-face in the same room) may not be appropriate for you for a number of reasons and we can discuss the best way of working together during the initial telephone conversation that we have.
Online face-to-face sessions work in a similar way to in-person sessions. We are able to see each other, and they are bound by the same professional & confidential ways of working. These sessions will be held, as agreed, at the same time each week. The fee for these sessions is the same as the in-person sessions.
Obviously, you will need to have access to a video conferencing facility, and we can discuss which one would be the most appropriate for us to use together. I will also give you other practical information such as how contact will be made and what happens if there is a problem with an internet connection.
On-line sessions mean that you will be attending your sessions with me from your own space, so it is essential that you have access to a quiet, private place, where you will feel able to talk freely with me and where there will be no interruptions from other people. For example, this might be a separate room in your home, a garden room or your car.
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 also important to try and work towards some kind of planned ending together, rather than finishing abruptly. Discussing when to end and what an ending might be like is an important part of the therapeutic process.
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?
Confidentiality is a very important aspect of the counselling relationship. Our sessions are 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. These notes for up to 2 years after the end of your therapy and you can not be identified from them.
In compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018, I am committed to safeguarding your privacy as practicably possible and I am also registered on the Information Commissioner’s Register (ICO) Data Protection Register. More information can be found on the ICO website:
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. 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 48 hours notice I will still charge you 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.
Covid-19 & session cancellations – if you or someone you have been in close contact with tests positive or shows symptoms, or you are too unwell with your symptoms to attend a session, and cancel with less than 48-hours notice, I will not charge you for your session.
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