How much do counselling sessions cost?
Each counselling session costs £45.00. I offer a free 20 minute initial phone call to help you decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
How long and how often are the sessions?
A session lasts 50 minutes. Sessions usually happen once a week.
How many sessions will I need?
Some people only want a few sessions and others want to work over a longer period. You are totally free to stop at any point, although I do recommend that we have a planned final session.
Is what I say in the counselling sessions confidential?
What you tell me in the sessions is absolutely confidential. The only exception to this would be if I felt that you or someone else was at risk of being harmed in some way or wasn't safe. I have a clinical supervisor who works with me to ensure my work is ethical and effective, although I do not disclose any identifying details to her about the clients I am working with.
What happens in my first session?
In the first session I'll ask you about why you are here, and you can find out how I work and whether or not it feels right for you.
What happens if I have to cancel my counselling session?
I ask for 48 hours’ notice of cancellation, otherwise the full fee will be required.
When and how do I pay you?
Payment is due at the time of the session and you can pay by cash or bank transfer.
What if I can't think of anything to say?
If you come to any session and are not sure what to say, we can check in with how you are feeling. This often helps to get the session going and provides material for us to work with.
What happens if I get really upset during the session?
It's fine to cry in a counselling session and tears can be an important part of the process. I won't ask you to suppress your tears and you can take all the time you need to express the way you are feeling.
What happens if I change my mind about coming to counselling?
The choice as to whether we carry on working together will always be yours. There will be opportunities to review our work along the way.
I would always ask that you let me know when you would like us to finish working together, and that if possible we have an ending session. Endings are an important part of counselling work.
You sometimes work from home. Do you have pets?
I do have pets but they are not allowed in the counselling room. If this would be a problem, please let me know and we can explore solutions and alternatives. For example, I can offer counselling by secure online video chat or in a different venue.
I don't live near you, but I'd still like to work with you. Are there any alternatives?
Yes, I can offer counselling via secure online video chat and by phone.