How do I know that I need counselling?

If you have tried various ways to address your issue but it remains unresolved that may be an indication that you need some extra help. You may find that you are faced with a crisis, you may want to successfully break through some negative repeating patterns, you may want to develop better insight and awareness or your friends and family may notice that you need that extra input in your life.

What does a counselling session consist of?

In the initial session I will go through a counselling contract that will explain the limits of confidentiality, specific terms and conditions, fees etc. This is also your opportunity to ask questions and clarify any matters. The session will last for 50 minutes and will be set to suit your pace. You are under no obligation to disclose everything on that first meeting. Obviously, working on personal matters is challenging so you can wait for the relationship to develop and trust to form before you feel safe to discuss the more private thoughts.

What long will I have to come for counselling?

The initial session will give some indications of the number of sessions that maybe needed but it can be difficult to be precise. It would be determined by the nature of the problem you bring and the type of therapy that would suit you. However, every 6 sessions we will hold a joint review that give us both the chance to explore the progress made and identify any issues that remain. We will then set another set of sessions accordingly.

How will I know that I am better?

You will begin to notice significant difference in your mood, behaviours and relationships. People around you might comment on your changes. You will find yourself doing and saying things in new ways and there will be an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem.

Are the sessions confidential?

All that is discussed remains confidential between you and me. I do take the therapeutic work to my supervisor but your identity remains anonymous. Confidentially is only broken if there are any issues of harm either to yourself or to others, or in instances where confidentiality is determined by law such as issues related terrorism or drugs or offences against children. In these instances, the relevant authorities will be notified.

How frequently do I need to attend?

Initially weekly sessions are helpful, but if it proceeds for a long term the frequency may reduce after joint discussion.

How much do you charge?

Please refer to the charges section

Do you give discounts?

Discounts are offered if someone pays for 6 sessions in advance. Please refer to the charges section.

Do you charge for cancellations or DNA?

Yes. I need 24 hours’ notice of cancellation or the full charge become payable.

How do I pay for my sessions?

Payment can be made in cash or cheque. A receipt will be provided. You may also do it by bank transfer if that is more convenient for you.

Will you be available in a crisis?

Unfortunately I do not provide crisis counselling and can only meet at appointed times. If you are in crisis I would suggest that you speak either with your GP or contact Samaritans 08457 909090 www.samaritans.org or, if necessary, the emergency services.

What if I want to make a complaint?

If you are unhappy about the service I would prefer if you could talk to me first so that we can work through your concerns. I abide by the code of ethics set by BACP and they have a complaints procedure if needed.