Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions will I need?
I usually suggest to clients that they have an initial six sessions. Whilst there is no obligation to complete the six, this gives a sufficient amount of time for most clients to make an assessment as to how effective the counselling has been for them, whether they would like to continue for another block of sessions, or whether they are happy to stop. It is also possible that clients may want to take a break and return some time later, or that they would like to take longer than a week between sessions. Any decision you the client want to make will be respected.
What does it cost?
Sessions cost £40 taken at one week or two week intervals. I also offer a concessionary rate of £35 for students. The first session is always free.
If I have to cancel my booked appointment will you charge me?
If you want to re-schedule your appointment in the same week that's fine and there is no charge. If you fail to turn up for a booked appointment without 48 hours notice then I reserve the right to charge for my time.
Will you make me explore my past or do homework?
The counselling process is completely respectful to you, the client. I will not make you do anything you don't want to do. I do not normally set clients homework tasks, unless you specifically ask me for a technique you can employ to help a particular aspect of your life. Even if you do decide you want homework, there's no obligation to do it. I find the aspect that underlies meaningful change in my clients is always self-acceptance, that is what we work towards, the decision to change is yours.
Can I trust the counselling environment?
I can guarantee that your counselling sessions will be completely confidential. Only in exceptional circumstances would confidentiality be broken if I thought you were in danger of harming yourself or others.
How do I make an appointment?
You can either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or press on the link to the left of this page, or call the number, and we can have an initial chat to see whether I'm the right person to help you.