Frequently Asked Questions on Counselling

What is the first step?

If you would like to contact me about counselling please either telephone or email me.  If you would like to we can arrange an initial free of charge meeting which would provide you with the opportunity to explore in complete confidence the issues that are troubling you.  It will also give us the opportunity to see whether we can work on your issues together.  There is no obligation on you to continue with the counselling after this meeting.

Is counselling confidential?

Confidentiality is of tremendous importance in counselling.  There are however exceptional circumstances where it may be necessary to seek your agreement to break confidentiality.  I adhere to BACP’s code of ethics regarding confidentiality.

Will you give me advice?

No.  The counselling process is one of empowerment for you.  My job is to assist you in the process of clarifying and understanding your issues and you making your own decisions that are best for you.

How often will I need to come?

Normally I meet with clients once a week.  This is flexible and is dependent on your individual needs.

How long does a session last?

Sessions for individuals are 50 minutes and for couples 75 minutes.

How long will I need to come for?

The frequency of the sessions is agreed at the first session.  The length of time we meet for depends on your needs.  Counselling can be for just a few sessions or can be for the longer term lasting a few years.  We will review progress regularly as we proceed giving us both plenty of opportunity to explore how we are getting on.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for the initial session so that you have the opportunity to decide if therapy is for you.  Thereafter the fees for individuals are £55 and for couples £85.  In certain circumstances I am happy to agree a reduced fee

Cancellation policy?

I ask that you give at least 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel an appointment.  If sufficient notice is not given I ask for my usual fee for the session still to be paid.