Many clients say they do not know where to start when they come for counselling, so you are not alone in the way you feel. I am here to listen to what you have to say but do not worry if you find it difficult to put things into words, you are not expected to talk about anything, until you are ready to do so.
I believe that the best way to help you is to allow you to explore your issues in a way that is most comfortable to you. As a person-centred counsellor, my style of counselling is non-directive. This means that I will not give you advice on how to solve your problems but rather, we will work together in a safe, accepting therapeutic space, where you will feel you are able to talk to me and I will facilitate you to find within yourself more positive ways of coping.
I offer a complementary 15-minute introductory session where we can discuss your reasons for seeking counselling. This is a time to ask yourself if you feel comfortable telling me intimate details of your life – do you feel safe with me; do you like the way I act towards you; do you feel respected and heard? It is then that you can decide whether you wish to proceed with further sessions.
Appointments are paid for in advance.
*For students and people on low incomes.
Proof of concession will be requested at point of booking.
48-hours or more notice …
24 to 48-hours notice …
24 hours or less notice …
The number of counselling sessions needed varies and depends on the issues or concerns a client wishes to explore. I offer weekly sessions of 50-minutes duration. Appointments are paid for in advance of each session or you may wish to book a block of six sessions at a discounted rate. I also offer a concessionary fee for students or people on a low income.
People seek counselling for all sorts of reasons. For example, you may feel you want to talk to somebody in confidence about a personal issue, or to change patterns of self-destructive thoughts or behaviour. Talking to a counsellor can help you move on.
Our initial appointment is to determine whether a rapport develops between us and you are happy to work on your issues with me.
I will provide you with a contract at the end of this complimentary session for you to read in your own time. The contract provides comprehensive details about the model of therapy I practice together with the BACP Ethical Guidelines, which inform my practice. This will give you time to decide if you wish to continue with counselling, or not. If you feel unsure, you can think about it and either phone or email me with your decision. If you decide to continue, please return the signed contract ahead of your first full appointment.
Anything you discuss with me is kept confidential, with the exception of any disclosure which would supersede the confidentially contract. I.e., you are a danger to yourself or others, suicidal or if a child is at risk. In such circumstances I am legally obliged to contact the relevant authorities, such as your GP. Confidentiality is explained in the contract that I will give you ahead of your first full appointment.