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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do you work? I am an integrative person centred therapist and this means that I can draw upon established and respected resources in order to help me understand and work with you more fully. For more information please see my ‘about therapy’ page.

Q. Where do we start? Each of us is unique with our own needs and goals. When considering counselling I believe it is important to find a therapist with whom you can connect and feel comfortable. I suggest that you contact several therapists before you make your final decision. Talk to them about the way they work to see if it is the right ‘fit’ for you. I offer a free introductory session so that you can discuss your needs and decide whether we want to work together.

Q. How much will it cost? Fees are £42.00 per session. A session lasts for one hour. Concessions may be available. I particularly welcome student counsellors and therapists.

Q. How long will it take to see some changes? Sometimes changes can happen quite quickly, other times they are more gradual. We will work at your own pace and therapy will be tailored to meet your individual needs. You choose how long counselling continues for and the duration is entirely dependant on your needs.

Q. What can I expect from therapy? I offer an opportunity for you to be heard with respect and understanding and to work through issues that feel hard to handle on your own. We will work together to help you to find your own solution. The sessions last for one hour and are usually on a weekly basis though sometimes this is negotiable.

Q. Is therapy confidential? I am bound by the BCAP code of conduct which states that anything you discuss with me will be kept strictly confidential. However, there are exceptions to this. I meet regularly with a supervisor who works with me to ensure that I am providing you with the best service possible. During supervision I may need to discuss the issues that arise in our sessions. My supervisor is bound by the same confidentiality boundaries that I am and any information discussed will be treated in confidence. The only reason that I may break confidentiality would be if I considered that you were a risk to yourself or to another person. If at all possible I would discuss this with you beforehand.

Q. What can I expect from my first session? To feel anxious in advance! A first session with a therapist is a big step. Knowing that you will be talking to someone; probably about stuff that you have never talked to anyone else about before – can feel overwhelming. But we would have met or talked on the phone beforehand to see if we wanted to work together so the hardest part would have been done.

Q. I have seen a therapist before but it didn’t help, why is this different? I can only answer this question from my own experience. My first attempt of counselling was that it didn’t help very much at all, but I continued for quite some time because I wanted it to work. Later I chose another therapist and that experience was powerful, useful and life changing from the outset. The reason for the difference was the style and theoretical background of the therapist and a difference in the relationship. Some people simply resonate with us more than others.

Q. How often should I come? I suggest weekly, however, we can discuss this during the first session.

Q. When can I come? Q. Appointments are available in the daytime . Ideally you will commit to the same time, on the same day, on a weekly basis.

Q. Are you insured? Yes. I have professional Indemnity insurance

Q. Are you regulated in any way? My work is regulated by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I work within the code of ethics of the BACP

 

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us”
E.M. Forster