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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in the introductory session?

We'll say hello to each other, get to know one another a little better, and discuss what has brought you to counselling and what you are hoping to get from it. We can talk about  the way I work, if you wish, and how we might adapt this to suit you best. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you have.

How much does it cost?

For counselling I offer an introductory appointment for £40, thereafter sessions are £50. Supervision is £50 for qualified supervisees, £45 for trainees or those in the first year of practice. 

Do you work online?

My preferred way of working is face to face. I am trained to work online and will do in some cases, please get in touch via the contact form if you would like to discuss this. 

 

How long does counselling last?

Each session usually lasts for an hour. If this feels too long we can talk about altering the length of the session.

Some people prefer long term counselling whilst others would prefer six to eight sessions, whilst some even find that just one or two are enough to make a difference.

We can talk about what feels best for you in the initial appointment and make a plan together. I will regularly check in with you to see how you are feeling about the sessions. You are free to end the counselling at any time.

What happens if I need to cancel or change an appointment?

A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for re-scheduling or cancelling an appointment. The full fee will be charged for sessions missed without such notice. If you need to cancel an appointment please let me know via email as soon as possible.

Are the sessions confidential?

The content of sessions is confidential with a few exceptions:

As all professional counsellors, I regular see a supervisor where we discuss my work to ensure I am working effectively and ethically. Whilst I might discuss any issues arising from my work with you, this is done in an anonymised way.

In certain exceptional circumstances, if I felt you or others might be at risk of harm or in some legal circumstances, I might consider widening confidentiality but I would always endeavour to discuss this with you prior to taking any action.

Can you work with anyone?

I am able to see any client based in the UK over the age of 18.

Before agreeing to work together I would take into account your needs and my ability to meet those needs. If I feel undertrained or underqualified I will do my best to suggest someone more appropriate for you.

Out of hours contact:

I endeavour to reply to emails within 24 hours Tuesday to Friday. At other times of the week I may take longer to get back to you. I respect clients’ privacy and the integrity of the counselling relationship and it’s boundaries by not following or connecting on any social media platform.

 

In times of mental health or psychological emergencies, dial 999 or if possible attend your local A&E Hospital, or contact the Samaritans 116 123

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