How do I make an appointment?
You are welcome to contact me by phone or email. I will respond to you within 6 hours except at the weekend where I might not be able to respond to you until Monday morning.
How much are your fees?
Each counselling session lasts 50 minutes and the fee is £50. This is payable via bank transfer 24 hours in advance to secure your session.
I have costs such as insurance, membership body fees, training fees, payments to my supervisor but I try and help people who are experiencing financial difficulty who cannot access counselling at the full rate. I allocate 2 spaces for this purpose so please ask me for details about this as I keep a waiting list if the spaces are already taken.
What is your availability?
Appointments are available through the weekdays and Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Please contact me to discuss further to find a mutually convenient time.
How many sessions will I need?
Everyone experiences therapy differently and therefore it is impossible to determine how many sessions you might need.
It is best if you can commit to weekly sessions to ensure consistency and for you to monitor your changes. In my experience, it is best if you can embark on this journey with an open mind and a commitment to yourself. We will regularly check that you are gaining what you need from the process. If you have a certain budget in mind, lets discuss what you would like to gain from therapy and it will help us keep a framework around your therapy.
How do you offer therapy at present with COVID regulations in place?
I offer a variety of options to ensure I am adhering to government guidelines:-
- Video / Telephone Counselling. We will arrange a mutually convenient time to meet online and I will send you a secure link to click onto to access our session. I have undertaken specific training in video and telephone counselling to ensure we are meeting securely and the techniques used are to ensure the experience is positive and beneficial. Some existing clients prefer online therapy and find this liberating as they are in their own environment.
- Eco-Therapy. The counselling sessions are outside in nature, which can be very grounding and regulating. Instead of being outdoors, we will be outside walking together.
Is counselling confidential?
I work within the BACP Ethical Framework where confidentiality is extremely important. Whatever we discuss in our sessions, stays between us. There are a few exceptions where I might need to discuss our work with someone else but I will talk to you about this in our first session.
Do you provide therapy for children?
No but I can recommend other therapists for this. My training is specifically for me to work with adults over the age of 17.
Will therapy be like a conversation?
Not exactly. There is no expectation for you to change your language or 'be a certain way' whilst talking to me. It is important that you feel comfortable, safe and heard. Clients usually say that they had no idea what they were going to say but felt comfortable and have found me easy to speak to. Your sessions will be focussed on you and your needs so for this reason, I generally do not speak about myself as this could dilute the therapeutic experience for you. I am often described as warm and approachable and I would encourage you to ask me any questions you may have.
Will I be 'too much' for my therapist?
It might feel like what you are carrying is 'too much' but that does not mean I will think YOU are too much. We will look carefully at where these ideas come from and I welcome you to come to therapy as you are, whether that's tired, feeling extremely low, lost for words or maybe you are angry.
I have a mental health diagnosis. Can you still work with me?
Yes. Some people find a label is helpful for them but I prefer to understand first and foremost how you feel about your diagnosis, how it affects you and if you are on medication and your experience.
Can you tell me a bit more before I make an appointment?
My style of working is that therapy is collaborative and not something I 'deliver' but we work out between us which approach works best for you and what it is you are hoping to gain from the process. If you have previous experience of therapy, I welcome you to discuss this and tell me what has worked well for you in the past and what hasn't been so effective.
If you have any questions which I have not covered, please ask me. However, if you are ready to make your appointment, please contact me now on the details below.