You may have questions, so here is some information based on the questions that seem to be asked most frequently.
What sort of things can I discuss in counselling?
People seek counselling for help with all sorts of difficulties. Sometimes they may not have a clear idea of what the problem is but just know that something is not “right” and they want help. The most common reasons people come to counselling include:
- Stress and social anxiety
- Bereavement and loss
- Workplace difficulties
- Relationship problems
- Impact of trauma or abuse
How often will I need to come?
This will vary for each individual and is something we will discuss at our initial assessment session and continue to review as we work together.
Will what we talk about be confidential?
Yes, what we talk about in our sessions will be confidential. Only if I feel that you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else, will I have to “break” this confidentiality. Normally this would mean talking to your GP and if so I would always talk to you about this first. I follow the BACP code of ethics.
In addition I have regular supervision to ensure best practice, during which we will discuss clients. We do so without using names or specific identifying information.
I may make notes during and after our sessions, but these are for my own reference only and are kept securely, as are any client contact details.
What will happen at our first appointment?
The first session is a chance for us to start to get to know each other. I will probably talk and ask a lot more questions than in later sessions, so that I can assess if and how I can best help. It is also a chance for you to assess me and how you feel about us working together.
If at the end of the session we both want to go ahead we will discuss how we do this and the practicalities, such as sessions timings and frequency, payment etc.
How much will it cost?
My fees for one-to-one adult counselling are £60 per session
Group fees (available on enquiry)
How long are counselling sessions?
Sessions for one-to-one counselling are an hour long.
How do I pay?
If you are funding therapy yourself you will typically pay cash for each session on the day. We can discuss other payment options at your first session if you prefer to pay in advance.
If you have been referred to me via your Employee Assistance Programme, then they will arrange payment with me directly.