Due to the unprecedented events currently taking place globally, effective immediately all counselling sessions will be held via telephone or via Zoom (no downloaded application needed) or Skype online. When your appointment is confirmed, a link will be emailed to you confirming the date and time of your appointment.
Individual counselling sessions are 1hour in duration with a fee of £45 per session.
Couples counselling sessions are 1hour in duration with a fee of £75 per session.
The first session provides the opportunity for us to meet, get to know each other and discuss what you may be looking for from our counselling relationship.
Ongoing sessions will be charged if cancelled within 24hours as this time could be made available for other clients.
Payment is accepted by Visa, MasterCard, cash or bank transfer.
For further information, please see the below frequently asked questions.
What happens if I come for the first session and I don’t want to come again?
There is absolutely no pressure to continue having therapy if you come for the first session and decide that either I am not the right therapist for you or that you are not ready to seek counselling just yet. The first session is a ‘get to know you’ session for us both and is relaxed. This session is simply an opportunity for us both to see if we want to work together, for you to ask any questions you might have and to work out if counselling is what you are really looking for.
How many sessions do I need to have?
Counselling can be both short term and long term depending on your reasons for seeking therapy. If you are seeking help and guidance with changing thoughts or behaviours, a minimum of six sessions (short term therapy) might be suggested whereas if you are seeking support with more complex relational or trauma based experiences a suggestion of twenty sessions plus (longer term therapy) might be more useful.
I believe in encouraging an organic, fluid therapy process where we can talk about your reasons for seeking therapy and mutually agree how many sessions you might want in our first session. The number of sessions can be reviewed on an ongoing basis, can be open-ended and is in no way fixed or binding.
When can I have a session?
Sessions are limited due to my current academic schedule and subject to availability - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (Telephone/Skype) or Saturday and Sunday (face to face, telephone or skype) between 8.00am and 6.00pm. Please call me to arrange a suitable time for us to arrange your first session.
Can I contact you in between sessions?
Contact in between sessions is not out of the question and may be contractually agreed between us. Generally though, contact between sessions is not encouraged to protect the confidentiality of the client.
Do you offer counselling by phone or skype?
I understand that it is often not practical or possible for clients to come for face to face sessions, therefore counselling sessions by phone or skype may be arranged.
Are sessions confidential?
All sessions are confidential except in the following circumstances:
Where are sessions held?
My practice is based at home in a cosy and private office, separate from the living accommodation and with its own access.
Private off-street parking and toilet facilities are available.
Is there disabled access?
There are three small individual steps but access for disabled clients should be more than possible and I will do all I can to assist should you require it.
Professional Civil Liability Insurance
I am fully insured with Howden Professionals
Why do people seek counselling?
I have experience of working with many different areas of difficulty. People come for counselling for a variety of reasons and typical issues might include:
· Emotional difficulty
· Relationship and marriage difficulties
· Health issues
· Bereavement and Loss
· Anger management
· Family problems
· Anxiety and Depression
· Low self esteem / self-confidence
· Social problems
· Eating disorders/problems
· Issues with body image