Frequently Asked Questions...
What is the counselling room like?
I practice from home, which ensures you have a quiet, private space for us to explore your experiences. I make the room very welcoming and comfortable, and have had many positive comments that this helps to lessen any nervous feelings in a first session!
How much will the sessions cost?
My standard session price is £45 per session. I offer concessions to students and people receiving some benefits, at £35 per session. Couple Counselling is £60 per session. Payments can be made by cash, cheque or bank transfer. I am currently unable to take credit/debit card payments.
How long is each session?
Each session lasts 50 minutes to an hour.
How often are sessions held?
Weekly sessions are often most effective in terms of building an effective therapeutic alliance, which in turn leads to a positive outcome for the counselling process.
Will I need to agree to a contract?
In our initial assessment session I will discuss my confidentiality, ethics, payment, bookings and cancellation policies with you. If we then decide to work together, this will ensure we can do so within safe and clear boundaries. We can talk through anything you disagree with or don't understand.
How many sessions will I need?
We can discuss this in your first session - it may be that you have a particular number of sessions in mind, or you may prefer to see how you feel as we progress through our sessions. I am happy to work on a short-term or open-ended basis. I will initially offer you six sessions, with the sixth session being a review. Together we can then decide if we finish there, or carry on working. This six session review pattern can be repeated for however long you wish to attend counselling. It is also really important that we work towards an ending, and that counselling doesn't end abruptly.
What is Integrative Counselling?
There are numerous different counselling theories, the main schools being Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavourial Therapy. I chose to train in Integrative Counselling because I don't believe that any one theory can hold the key to all our complexities. In a nutshell, it means that my training covered various different theories - which allows me to draw from many different approaches and ideas in my work.