About Counselling and Therapy
Counsellors do not give advice or tell you what you should do, say, feel or think. However, counselling does provide you with 1:1 support in a safe, non-judgemental environment where you can bring, explore and work through whatever issues you wish to look at. It can help you see things more clearly and support you in making whatever changes or choices you want to make.
Counselling is not a magic wand, however, talking things through with an experienced counsellor, who you feel comfortable with, and whom you have built a trusting relationship with, can enable new insights to be discovered and may provide you with a different perspective.
At times you may find counselling a painful experience as deep rooted emotions can come to the surface. You might feel sadness, anger, frustration, despair, anxiety or fear.However, there will also be times of joy, happiness, relief and acceptance. Whatever you are feeling I will be beside you giving you support throughout your journey.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is Counselling Confidential?
As a member of the BACP it is an ethical requirement that I attend regular supervision in order to receive consultative support and professional guidance. This supervision is also confidential and bound by the BACP ethical and professional codes of practice.
How often do I need to come?
Sessions are usually held on a weekly basis, at a regular, pre-arranged time, although this is negotiable depending upon individual requirements. Towards the end of counselling some individuals prefer to space appointments out more such as fortnightly or monthly.
How long is each session?
Each session lasts 50 minutes.
How much do sessions cost?
My current fee is £50 per session, to be paid at the end of each counselling session.
Some concessions are available in cases of genuine hardship.
What payment methods do you accept?
You can pay by cash or cheque at the end of each counselling session or if you prefer you can pay in advance via bank transfer (BACS).
Do I have to pay if I cancel an appointment?
There is no charge when cancellations are made up to 24 hours of the appointment. However, the full fee (£50) will be charged for appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no set answer to this question! The length of counselling varies from person to person - some individuals come for a few weeks while others benefit from long-term work which may last several years. The number of sessions can be left open-ended, or a set number may be agreed on at the start and reviewed as counselling progresses.
Do you belong to a professional body?
Yes - I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and as such, I work within and am bound by, their Ethical Framework and Code of Practice. To visit the BACP website Click Here