Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
What can I expect in my first counselling session?
During our first session it will be a chance for you to talk about what brings you to counselling at this time, how counselling could help and try to work out how it would feel for us to work together. There is no pressure to continue if it doesn’t feel right.
How often do I need to book an appointment?
How can I trust that what I say to you won’t go any further?
As a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I am professionally bound by their code of Ethical Practice to maintain confidentiality with all clients. Additionally, I know that without there being trust between Client and Counsellor, no therapeutic change can take place.
How many sessions will I need?
Usually I work with clients on a weekly basis. I find that having a regular weekly appointment supports a feeling of reliability and security knowing that you always have that dedicated space and time there for that is there just for you. It also helps to build therapeutic momentum that will help more effectively to facilitate change. However, I understand that weekly isn’t always possible and we can talk about what best suits your needs.
This is up to you. Some people like to book in for a shorter period of time as they want support helping them to make a difficult decision. Others prefer to have longer as they want to look at wider issues which may take that extra time. Together we will talk about what feels appropriate for you.
Do I need to prepare anything?
You don’t need to prepare anything. Some people like to think about what they would like to talk about prior to sessions and others like to speak about things as they arise on the day. There is no right or wrong way of ‘doing’ counselling, just the way that feels right for you.
How much does counselling cost?
I charge £40 for online/telephone appointments or £45 in person per hour.
I offer a discounted rate to those who are training to become counsellors.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation prior to a course of counselling starting.
What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy and which one will I need?
Counselling and Psychotherapy are very closely linked and my approach as a practitioner is very similar. Both help clients to express themselves and help to overcome difficulties in their lives and achieve goals. Ultimately, the main difference between the two is the time it takes to achieve those goals and make desired changes. Counselling tends to be for clients who face challenges on a daily basis at home or work and a quicker resolution can be achieved. Psychotherapy is a longer-term therapy which can incorporate additional strategies and open the door to understanding about self on a deeper level. During our first appointment together, we can talk about which approach might suit your needs best.
How do I set up an appointment or ask a question which doesn’t feature here?
Simply contact me on 07972 248474 or via email at email@example.com or use the form below