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 offer a reduced fee if you are experiencing financial difficulty. 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.
How many sessions will I need?
Everyone experiences therapy differently and therefore it is impossible to prescribe a certain amount of time to work within. It is best if you can commit weekly to ensure consistency. In my experience, if you embark on this journey with an open mind and a commitment to yourself that you are doing this for your own personal reasons.
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:-
- Socially distanced in my garden. This is under a sheltered gazebo next to a fish pond. I provide heated blankets and you are welcome to bring your own blankets also to ensure you are warm enough.
- Walk and Talk therapy. Instead of sitting in a therapy room opposite each other, we meet outside and walk side by side. This is particularly helpful in allowing movement of your body to assist with allowing emotions to move through more easily.
- Video 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 have switched to online therapy and find this liberating as they are in their own environment.
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?
Your sessions will be focussed on you and your needs. This is your therapy and between us we will work out what it is that you need from the process. I will generally 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 that your therapist 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, unable to know what to talk about or maybe you are angry.
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.