Frequently Asked Questions

I have family and friends who are really supportive, why would I need a counsellor?

Having a good support network is a gift, but it doesn’t have to be an either/or situation. Many people find that their loved ones are too close to the situation, maybe they are also affected by it. Counselling is just for you. I have no preconceived ideas of who you are or what you need, and we will have time to really explore your feelings and needs during our sessions.

Is there anything that I can’t talk about in therapy?

Very little, with the exception of issues related to adoption. This is a specialist area of expertise, but I can point you in the right direction for help.

How many sessions will I need?

This will totally vary depending on your individual needs. Some issues can be resolved over a fairly short time frame, for example 10 to 20 sessions. Issues that may have been building over a longer period of time may well take longer to work through. This is something we can discuss at your assessment. However you are not tied into a certain number of sessions, the choice to attend will always be yours. Most people know when they are ready to move on.

Will I become dependent on therapy?

People sometimes worry that they will become dependent on their counsellor for emotional support. The opposite is true; therapy encourages you to become more self-aware, self-determining and helps you to access your inner strengths. However should you worry about leaving therapy we will work towards an ending that works for you, I would never want a client to feel that they were being dropped.

How much will it cost?

I currently charge £45 per fifty-minute session. 

I also have a limited number of concessions available for counselling students, please ask.

Payment is made at the end of each session by cash or cheque please.

Is counselling confidential?

Therapy is a safe, professional relationship. It is built on trust and is most effective when you can speak openly and freely about the issues you are struggling with. Confidentiality is essential and I am bound by the BACP code of ethics and professional conduct to maintain this.

There are however, exceptional circumstances where I am legally bound to break confidentiality and we will go through these exceptions in detail in our first session. I will not break confidentiality without notifying you.

How do I take the first step?

Once you have decided that you would like to begin therapy, please contact me and we can arrange our first session. Together we will discuss what your goals for therapy might be and at the same time see how it feels for us to work together. It is really important that you feel comfortable working with me and if you feel we don’t click then I will be happy to suggest other therapists. I will do the same if I feel your needs are outside of my area of specialism.

**For those with allergies or a fear of animals, please note that there is a small dog and a cat who live on the premises. It is extremely unlikely you will come into contact with them, but you may hear the dog or meet the cat on the front step. They will not be with us in the therapy room.**