What is counselling like? Counselling is a unique kind of conversation and relationship in which I will not offer advice or direct guidance, as a friend or family member might. It is a space for you to explore what matters most to you, in order to understand yourself better.
How many sessions will I need? That will depend on you, and what has brought you for counselling. We can discuss this during an assessment, perhaps agreeing a short term contract of 14 sessions if you would like to focus on a very specific issue. Alternatively we can agree to work in an open-ended way with regular reviews if you feel that having more time and space to explore things would be better for you.
Do you offer concessions? I charge a rate that I feel is affordable for most. I offer a limited number of reduced rate sessions at £40 for those on a low income.
How will I know if therapy is working? This will be different for everyone. It may feel like a relief to offload things that have been bottled up for some time. However, the process of counselling can be slow, and things may feel like they are getting worse before they get better. This process is important to work through, though understandably you may wish to end therapy when it feels very difficult. I would encourage you to come back and discuss how you are feeling before doing so.
Is counselling confidential? Yes, within strict limits. I receive regular clinical supervision where I discuss all of my therapeutic work. This makes sure that I am working ethically, responsibly and am accountable. My supervisor is bound by the same rules of confidentiality as I am.
The only time I may break confidentiality beyond this would be if I felt that you were at serious risk of harming yourself or someone else. This would be a last resort and I would always try to discuss it with you before speaking to someone else (such as your GP).
Can I end therapy at any time? Yes. Counselling is a choice and you can end the process when you want to. If we have had a number of sessions together it is useful to have a final session together to reflect on your experience and what you have got from it. If we have met over a period of months it is helpful to plan and work towards an ending on a particular date. Endings in therapy can bring up lots of other endings such as past bereavements, losses, or changes and discussing this tends to be a useful process. It can be a unique opportunity for a planned and reflective ending.
Can I have fortnightly sessions? I see clients on a weekly basis and do not offer fortnightly, monthly or any other frequency of sessions as I feel the consistency of meeting weekly is vital to the therapy process.
Do you work with young people? I work with adults who are 18 and up. Please see my links page if you are under 18 and in need of advice or support.