Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know whether it's right for me?
Counselling, or therapy, provides a regular opportunity to talk to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member. This time can be used as you wish, to talk about problems, explore your feelings, and develop strategies for coping with difficulties.
It is an opportunity to work on issues in your life, so that you can find more satisfying and rewarding ways of living. Research shows that therapy can be helpful for many people and that most clients leave therapy feeling significantly better than when they started.
However, only you can decide whether therapy is right for you.
How does it work?
Your first session is an intake session, where we will discuss what you would like to get out of therapy. For example, you may want to:
• Talk through an issue in order to make sense of what has happened and to put things into perspective.
• Find a way of dealing with difficult feelings or emotions.
• Deal with problems in your relationships.
• Change some kind of troubling behaviour.
• Negotiate a life transition or developmental crisis.
After this intake session, we will meet regularly, usually once a week. Sessions last for 50 minutes.
How much does it cost?
Intake session: £30
Regular session: £45
You can pay by cash, bank transfer or cheque, whichever is easiest for you.
How long does it take?
This depends on what you want to work on. Some issues may need only a few sessions; more complex concerns can take much longer.
Is it professionally regulated?
There are currently no laws in the UK regulating counselling and psychotherapy. However, I am on the accredited register of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What do I do next?
Email me to book an appointment, or for more information, or text or call on 07749 818328. You can leave a voicemail message at any time including your name and contact number and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I aim to respond within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours at weekends.