How do I decide on the right therapist?
Research shows the therapy has better outcomes if there is a good working relationship between a client and their counsellor, this means you need to feel at ease and comfortable talking to a therapist. You should also make sure your counsellor is qualified with relevant training and follow a specific ethical framework that means they uphold a code of conduct to be ethical and professional. All therapists work differently, with a different educational background, it is important that your therapist can give you what you’re looking for.
What happens during a therapy session?
In our first session(s) we will generally talk about what issue(s) brought you to therapy, go through your history and background and what your hopes for the future might be.
Therapy sessions are yours to talk about what is important for you. We will explore your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and life experiences to understand where you are now. With a deeper insight, you can then look at where you want to be in the future and how you can get there.
How long does it last?
Therapy sessions last approx. 50 minutes, and we can discuss how often to meet according to your individual needs and circumstances. There is no hard and fast rule as to how long you will be in therapy, each individual’s course of therapy will be different and we can discuss whether short, medium or long term therapy is best for you.
Do I need to be referred?
You do not need to be referred by a doctor although you can be if you prefer, or if there is specific information you would like to be shared. You can book in a free introduction session yourself.
All our sessions are confidential. unless there is a risk of danger to yourself or to other people. As part of my work I undertake clinical supervision where aspects of our sessions may be discussed however you will remain anonymous and unidentifiable. We will talk about confidentiality when we first meet and a more in depth explanation is within our contract.
How much will it cost and how do I pay?
My standard fee is £65 per session, for counselling students I offer a reduced fee of £45.
I also offer a limited number of concession rate spaces for those who may struggle to afford therapy. This includes those on low income, or on parental leave, if you'd like to discuss this further please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Payment can be made ahead of your session or an invoice will be sent after your session, this will be due within 7 days. I will invoice you to the email address you have supplied.
If you have another session booked in you will need to make sure your previous session is paid in full before you attend. If you have a previous session with an outstanding payment then your next session will not be guaranteed, unless otherwise agreed with me.
Is face to face the only option?
In person therapy is not your only option, I can offer video based therapy sessions which allows flexibility for those who would find it difficult to make a face to face session.