Book a Counselling Session
Please contact me either by email or telephone. If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible.
Whilst I am unable to offer a free initial trial session, I do recommend that we have contact via telephone before meeting to discuss your needs. By making telephone contact you are under no obligation to book a session and this would not constitute a counselling session.
What happens in the first session?
The first session is almost like setting the stage for work to begin. Preferably there has already been telephone contact between us beforehand, but the first session is really the chance for you to ask questions, I will reconfirm our confidentiality and for you to give me an outline of what you wish to work on during therapy.
More importantly though, the first session is a chance for both parties to see if working together is possible and if I’m the right counsellor for you. If you decide you want to book further sessions although you are under no obligation to do so, at the end, I will ask you to complete a client contact form and read my working guidelines, downloadable here to read through beforehand if you wish, although I will have paper copies during our session.
Frequently asked questions
How frequent are counselling sessions?
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes, usually weekly but can be flexible to suit your needs or financial situation. There is no minimum or maximum limit to how many sessions I offer as each person and situation is different and I will respect your decision to end counselling when you feel ready to do so.
Who is present during a counselling session?
Counselling sessions are on a one to one basis only. I am unable to offer group or couples therapy at this time.
How much will it cost?
Counselling: Sessions are £50 per hour, paid by cash on the day. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact me to discuss further as I can be flexible with fees.
What if I need to cancel?
I understand that there are times when sessions need to be cancelled and I ask that you give as much notice as possible. I will not charge for cancelled sessions with more than 24 hours’ notice.
Will you talk about me to anyone else?
Counselling is confidential unless you disclose something that implies that either you or someone else is at risk of serious harm or if there is a child protection issue, in which case we will work together to get the necessary help and support. Please see the attached working guidelines for full confidentiality policy.
Will you tell me what to do?
No. I am not going to tell you what you should be doing or give you advice. Counselling gives you the space and time to explore your situation and help you work towards your own solutions at a pace that is right for you. My role is to work alongside you to reach your own potential, free from judgement, criticism and expectation.
What if I don’t think counselling is working?
I believe in collaborative working and aim to provide a relationship that is genuine, honest and where you feel safe enough to be open including saying if you feel counselling is not working. In this instance I would welcome your feedback and address the issues with you.