Frequently Asked Questions
How could counselling help?
Counselling provides you with a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to talk openly and explore things that you may not feel able to do with friends or family. The supportive environment helps you to identify and alter your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, enabling you to move your life forward.
What happens during the initial consultation?
The first session is an opportunity for us to meet, and see how we can work together. I will ask you about your current difficulties, and what you are hoping to get from therapy. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about my practice and experience, and to see if I am the right therapist for you. There is no obligation to book more sessions if you feel that I am not the right fit.
If we decide to work together, we jointly agree what area or areas you would like to focus on, and agree a time for our sessions. I will ask you to sign a copy of my Client Agreement, which sets out my terms of work. I usually see people weekly for 50 minutes, but if you wish to meet more or less often, we can discuss alternative arrangements.
How many sessions will I have, and how often are they?
Sessions are usually weekly, at the same time and last for 50 minutes. If you are unable to attend at the same time each week or would like to meet more or less often, we can discuss this at the first session.
The number of sessions you will have depends on what you are bringing to therapy and what you are hoping to achieve. Some people find that they only need a few sessions to notice an improvement, while others prefer to have more sessions to explore their issues in more depth. I usually offer six sessions to start with, with an opportunity to extend as required.
How much are sessions?
The initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation to book more sessions. Subsequent sessions are £65 each.