Our first session will normally be to establish whether or not we believe that we can work together – do you feel comfortable with me? Do I believe that I can help you? The first session typically includes me asking more direct questions, with subsequent sessions being more open and led by your needs.
This really depends on you and how you feel. I offer either long-term, open-ended therapy, where we can regularly review the work, or shorter-term counselling, focussing on one or two specific issues. I will always respect your autonomy and we will go at a pace to suit you.
Each session will last for 50 minutes and will usually be held at the same time each week, although I do understand that some flexibility may sometimes be required.
I offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation, without obligation. Here you will have the opportunity to share with me what you're looking to achieve from counselling and we can establish whether or not we will be able to work together.
The cost is £50 per session and is payable by cash or card at the session or by BACS in advance.
I have a 24-hour cancellation policy - full payment will be required if you cancel within 24 hours of our session.
Fees are reviewed once a year, with any changes taking place on January 1st.
Some concessions are available - please ask.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and hold its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions at the heart of my work. In accordance with this, I work under regular supervision. This is a requirement for all members of the BACP and helps to ensure that my work with you is ethical and safe. Your identity will always be kept confidential and my supervisor is bound by the BACP’s same ethical code. In exceptional circumstances – where I believe there may be a risk of harm to either yourself or others – I may need to seek help outside of our counselling relationship; however I would always try to discuss this with you in the first instance. Full information regarding the limits of confidentiality will be provided during our first session.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, I have paused face-to-face counselling. This is to ensure our physical safety, as well as to maintain a regular, consistent space for your therapy, minimising the need for breaks due to self-isolation or further lockdowns. During this time, I am able to offer both online and telephone counselling. Please see the Covid-19 page for further details.