Your Couselling Questions Answered

Is Counselling confidential?

Yes. Counselling is confidential and nothing that you say in the sessions is revealed to anyone without your specific consent. There are some special exceptions to this rule that we can discuss at our first meeting. As a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I am bound by their ethical code for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and am in regular professional supervision to monitor the work I do.

How many Counselling sessions will I need?

This is difficult to say without meeting you and listening to your concerns, but my aim is to see you for as few sessions as is needed. However, this is largely dependent on the issues that you bring and on your level of motivation and commitment to working through them. We would review regularly how things are going and where you feel you are in relation to achieving your specific goals.

How long do sessions last?

The counselling I offer can be long term, short term or intermittent depending on your circumstances. The first session is an assessment and will last one hour. Subsequent sessions will be arranged weekly and last 50 minutes.

How much does Counselling cost?

The initial counselling assessment (60 minutes) is £50.00 and subsequent sessions (50 minutes) are £45.00 each. I can, however, offer a reduced fee in certain circumstances.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule a session?

In order to run my counselling practice efficiently and fairly, a notice period of 24 hours is needed to reschedule or cancel an appointment. Missed or cancelled appointments (without a 24 hour notice) will be charged the full fee apart from in exceptional circumstances.

What is the first step?

If you decide that counselling may help you, please contact me for a chat after which we can arrange an initial meeting. Here you can tell me about yourself, your reasons for seeking help and what you want to achieve from counselling.