Fees

 For the initial consultation and subsequent sessions my fee is £40 per hour.

           To make therapy affordable for everyone, regardless of ability to pay, some income-based concessions are available. Please contact me for further information. I am happy to undertake either long or short-term work, depending on your needs.

What happens at the initial consultation?

             During the initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to tell me something about what’s brought you to counselling at this time and what you are hoping to gain from our sessions.  I will also say a little about myself and explain the way that I work and answer any questions that you may have.

           If we decide to work together, we will also agree a regular time, which works for both of us.

How long are the sessions?

Each session is sixty minutes long.

How many sessions will I need?

               It’s difficult to say how many sessions each person may need as everyone is unique.

            At the initial consultation we will contract for 6 sessions, which we will review together and then agree how many sessions are needed going forward. The process is collaborative so we will decide together what feels right.

            When our work together comes to an end, to honour the work we’ve done together and to end in a healthy way I believe we will need to set aside some sessions specifically for this purpose.

The Edge – Guillaume Apollinaire

“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, we’re afraid!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, We will fall!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”

What if we don’t get on?

              Counselling involves a relationship between the counsellor and the client and I believe this relationship is at the heart of the counselling process. Sometimes a client may feel angry, hurt, irritated or annoyed with their counsellor. They may feel unheard or misunderstood. If this happens, I would encourage a client to share those feelings with me. They can often reflect a parallel with how a client feels in relationships outside the counselling room and talking them through safely and without judgement can be a crucial part of the work.

              However, sometimes a client may feel that we just don’t connect, the relationship is not the right ‘fit’ for right now, or don’t feel comfortable. In this case I would invite the client to be honest and open so I can support you in looking elsewhere for someone who may be able to support going forward.

Are sessions confidential?

             Trust is a vital part of the therapeutic journey.  Your identity and the content of your sessions is kept strictly confidential, except for the purposes of supervision of my clinical practice

             It is a requirement for BACP registration that all counsellors and psychotherapists have regular supervision. As a counsellor in training, I will need to record our sessions. This will help me prepare my work for supervision which are monthly. During supervision, the focus is on my work rather than what you bring to sessions. My supervisor will not have access to any personal information about you.

            The only time I may have to break confidence would be if I become aware that you may be a threat to yourself or to those around you, but I would discuss this with you beforehand.

                                   In partnership with

    Membership number: 00981019