What will happen in a Session?During our initial meeting we will talk about why you have come and we will try to establish together whether this is the best option for you. If you decide not to continue, I may be able to recommend other organisations which you might find helpful. If we do decide to work together, then in future sessions you will find that you do most of the talking.
It can be difficult it is to pick up the phone or write an email to make an appointment to see a counsellor. It involves trusting someone you have not met with your private thoughts and feelings, and often at a time when you are feeling particularly vulnerable or under pressure. But please remember that therapy is a co-operative situation, where we work together on the material which you feel ready to bring.
What is the cost of cousellingAs counselling is such a deep personal experience it is very important that choice of therapist is right for you, as an individual or as a couple. That's why I invite you free of charge to come along to the counselling room to meet me and judge for yourself to see if you are comfortable and feel we can work together. This offers you the chance to ask any questions and to see the counselling room.
Cost of counselling at follows:-
£40 for individuals for 50 minute session
£30 if under age of 25 years or a student
£50 for couples I hour session
A few spaces are kept available for those clients who may find the above fees are beyond their means
Brief and long-term therapy available. We will discuss together at our initial consultation how therapy may work best for you.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?The terms 'counselling' and 'psychotherapy' can be used interchangeably to define a therapeutic working relationship between a practitioner and a client. The term ‘counselling’ is specific to talking therapies but the term ‘psychotherapy’ can also be assigned to other psychological therapies such as art therapy, hypnotherapy etc. In terms of talking therapies, 'counselling' tends to be the term used when the work is shorter term. When the work is longer term or open-ended, then the term 'psychotherapy' is more often used.
Is the Counselling Confidential?As a BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) registered counsellor/psychotherapist, I abide by the BACP code of ethics and respecting your confidentiality is mandatory. Confidentiality will only be broken in exceptional circumstances of legal obligation, usually when there is a significant risk of harm to you or to another person. Should such a scenario arise, support will not be withdrawn from you.
What out comes can I expect?Most people find that they feel better fairly quickly after seeing the counsellor, and having 50 minutes each week to be listened to and express themselves freely is very beneficial. However, it is possible that you may feel a little worse initially before you start to feel better; I liken this to opening and cleaning a wound so that it can then heal.
How many counselling sessions will I need and how often?Therapy usually takes place weekly.
The number of sessions is dependent upon your individual needs and preferences. Brief therapy is usually offered for twelve week. Open-ended usually up to two years but open to negotiation.