Frequently Asked Questions What happens in the initial session?
You will be offered an initial session which will last for one hour. This is an opportunity to find out more about each other, and to decide whether counselling is right for you – don’t be afraid to ask questions. What are the practical details?
Counselling appointments are usually during the day – there are some evening appointments, though they tend to be taken up more quickly. Sometimes people who work prefer to come at the beginning or end of the working day. We would arrange the frequency of appointments according to the overall number and the issues you are bringing – either once a week, or less frequently if appropriate.
All counselling is confidential, apart from where there is any risk of harm to yourself or to another.Isn’t it a sign of weakness to need counselling?
Most counsellors would say that it is actually a sign of strength. We all face difficult things in life, and the more awareness and self knowledge we can gain in these situations, the better we can move forwards into a more fulfilling future. All fully trained therapists have undergone a lot of therapy themselves and are aware of the benefits.How much does it cost?
I have a fee structure of £40 per 1 hr session, but in certain cases there is a sliding scale. All sessions which you decide not to keep are charged for if less than 48 hours’ notice is given. Obviously if you are suddenly ill on the day of the appointment that does not apply.Who do you see?
I work with individuals, but not couples together. I do however often see individuals who are experiencing relationships problems, and if they wish I can refer the couple to marriage guidance specialists. I do not see people under the age of 14.
I cannot provide a crisis service - if you feel you are at risk, it would be advisable to contact your GP, or the Samaritans