Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from the first session?
Our initial meeting is a chance for me to get a better understanding of what you feel you are struggling with at the moment. It is our opportunity to ask each other questions and discuss how we might work together. If I believe that there is a therapist or organisation that might be better suited for you then I will discuss this with you. If you are happy to continue seeing me then I will ask you to complete and sign a copy of the 'Client Information and Agreement', which can be found in PDF form here.
What does a typical counselling session look like?
The short answer is that there is no 'typical' session. I will largely be driven by what you want to bring to sessions; however, if we agreed on a focus in our initial meeting then we will discuss if this is still what you would like to discuss or if the focus has changed. It is a collaborative approach.
How long does a session last and what is your fee?
Each individual session lasts 50 minutes and costs £85 or £100 for a couples session . If you arrive late for your session I will only be able to see you for the remainder of the session and not extend over the allocated time.
How many sessions will I need?
This is something we will discuss during our initial meeting. I initially offer six sessions but review as we go along as some people require less and some require more.
Are the sessions confidential?
The content of our counselling sessions remain confidential. The only exceptions to this are if I believe you or someone else is at risk of harm or the court of law requires me to disclose information.
I am required to attend regular clinical supervision from a qualified therapist so I may discuss aspects of your therapy sessions using unidentifiable information.
Can I contact you in a crisis?
Unfortunately I do not offer emergency services as I cannot guarantee my availability to you. Should you require urgent assistance please seek help from the emergency services, your GP or the Samaritans (116 123).