Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
I charge £40 per hour session
How do I pay?
By bank transfer, cheque, cash or paypal
When are you available?
I am available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9am to 7pm
What happens in the first session?
I will explain the limits of confidentiality and my terms and conditions; I also supply these in writing for you to read at your leisure.
We will discuss what has bought you to counselling and what you hope to gain from it, and I will endeavour to answer any questions or concerns you may have. From then on it is your time..
How many sessions do I have to commit to?
You do not have to commit to any specific number of sessions, all I ask is 48 hours notice if you are unable to make a session. If you would rather work within a specified time frame we can do that and can discuss that approach when we meet. Everybody is different, some clients feel better just having had one session to talk a particular issue through, another may want to come weekly for a year or more because they find it helpful to do so.
Is it completely confidential?
Yes unless I have concerns about your safety or mental well being. If I believe you to be a danger to yourself or others I would like to contact your GP , I would always discuss this with you before doing so.
I may discuss our sessions with my supervisor but I will never use your real name.
Do you keep notes?
Yes I will make brief notes after our session, again not using your real name. These are kept in accordance with the data protection act and the BACP ethical framework.
How do I found out more about this “ethical framework”
How do I choose the right counsellor?
I would check that any potential counsellor is qualified to practise as a counsellor, at least to diploma level, and is a member of a reputable counselling organisation such as BACP or UKCP. Both organisations have a “find a counsellor” search option.
I feel that it is the relationship between counsellor and client that really matters. It is worth speaking to a few potential counsellors to see with whom you have the best rapport or chemistry. Who do you trust? Who do you like the most and will look forward to seeing?
Do you counsel by telephone or Skype?
Yes I do, however, I would prefer to have at least one face to face meeting. If you have mobility issues or do not drive I would consider coming to you for an initial meeting.