Why do people come for counselling?
People come for counselling for all kinds of reasons, including when they feel out of sorts, stuck, confused, stressed, distressed, anxious, or depressed, yet ultimately out of a desire to lead a more pleasing and comfortable life.
Many people value the experience of talking to someone in confidence, and who isn't directly involved in their situation, as well as being accepted, rather than judged, and being truly heard.
Should I come for counselling?
This is something only you can decide - even if counselling has been suggested to you. The decision to see a counsellor is always a matter of personal choice, rather than something you must do.
A consultation, or assessment session provides an opportunity to explore counselling, and make an informed decision as to whether counselling may benefit you at this point in time.
Is counselling confidential?
Ordinarily, counselling is strictly confidential, and this is all-important in establishing and maintaining trust. However, there are exceptions, such as if I have significant concerns about your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others, including a child or young person. This is explained at the consultation, and covered in the counselling contract.
Supervision is a requirement for all practicing counsellors, and it enables me to provide you with the best possible service when I see you. I explore all my counselling work in supervision, however, your identity will never be revealed to my supervisor.
How do I know if you are a fully qualified counsellor?
A fully qualified counsellor is registered/accredited with a professional body, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, or National Counselling Society, and can only be registered/accredited if they have met the training standards for qualification.
I am an Accredited Professional Registrant of the National Counselling Society, and you can view my details on the National Counselling Society's website.
What is the difference between individual counselling and couples counselling?
Couples counselling is a talking therapy for two people in a relationship and couples often attend sessions together.
Couples counselling focuses on the relationship between you, and it can enable you to improve the way you are together and how you communicate with each other.
What is family counselling?
Family counselling can help you resolve difficulties that are affecting the whole family, by increasing your understanding of one another and your support for each other.
Family counselling usually consists of 3 or 4 people in close relationships, yet the counselling can include a mix of individual, couples and family sessions. It can benefit all ages, and a wide range of circumstances.
When could I see you for an appointment?
I work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and you can contact me to see what appointment times I have available.
What happens at the first appointment?
The first appointment is a consultation, and I will do my utmost to put you at ease. Here we will explore counselling, what you hope to achieve, and seek to establish if we could work well together.
How many counselling sessions do you offer?
I do not have a limit to the number of sessions available, however, I do encourage 6 sessions to begin with, so that we can establish the effectiveness of our work together.
How much will it cost?
Individual appointments cost £42.50 for 1 hour. Couples appointments cost £60 for an hour and a half. Family appointments cost £68 for an hour and a half, and may include 3 or 4 people in close relationships.
Do you offer concessions for people on a low wage or benefits?
Yes, and I usually have 1 or 2 spaces for concessions. If finances are a concern for you, please speak to me about this.