What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy, a place for you to discuss what is presently on your mind and what has happened in your life. This is with a trained professional, who can provide you with a confidential space. Counsellors do not provide answers and solutions, but will be there to support, contain and hold your challenging feelings and experiences.
How many sessions will I need?
This can be personal choice, you may initially start with 6, but then decide you would like to continue more long-term. Fortunately within my private practice I can offer both short and long-term.
What happens during the initial consultation?
During our 30-minute consultation we will briefly discuss what has brought you to counselling, your goals of therapy, and a little of your background. During this session I aim to get a sense of your needs, current circumstances, and your preference to open ended or short-term counselling. I also hope for you to get a sense of me; not one size fits all, and it may be that you feel you need someone different. Furthermore this time can be used to answer any questions you may have, and for me to elaborate on the boundaries of counselling.
- This is a free, no obligation consultation.
What will future sessions be like?
Should you decide to go ahead with counselling our future sessions will be 50-minutes. We will agree on a day and time, which we consistently adhere to as part of the commitment to therapy. We can then discuss your story in more detail, whilst holding your goals in mind.
What is the policy in the event a session is cancelled or missed?
If 48 hours’ notice is provided there is no fee to pay. However, the full fee is chargeable for less than 48 hours’ notice, or a missed session.
Are the sessions private?
Confidentiality will be explained within your initial consultation. As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I offer confidential sessions, which are in accordance with the BACP’s Ethical Framework. I have included a link below should you be interested in any specifics regarding how I practice ethically within my field.
How are you working with the impact of Covid-19?
Due to the pandemic I am offering counselling sessions by telephone, WhatsApp or Zoom. However, since the start of September I have been able to offer face-to-face meetings, which are in line with government guidelines and only if we are both free of symptoms.