Frequently Asked Questions
What are your qualifications?
I have gained the following qualifications:
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Advanced Certificate in Counselling Theory.
MA / Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling
I am a National Health Service - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) trained and approved Counsellor.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have independent status with the United Kingdom Registration of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP).
I have undertaken training in hypnotherapy with the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
How much will counselling sessions cost?
Each 50 minute counselling session will cost £50 and £75 for couples.
You may pay for one session at a time or for several sessions in advance. We can discuss these details when we meet.
How long will each session last?
Each session lasts for fifty minutes and would ideally be arranged for the same time, and on the same day, each week.
How many sessions will I need?
It is not possible to say how many sessions you will need - some people who come for counselling want to work in a more focused way and may prefer short-term therapy - for example, six to eight sessions. Others want counselling to be on going and want to work long term at a deeper level, this means that therapy may go on for months or years. We can discuss this further when we meet and you do not have to stay in therapy if you don't want to.
Will what I say be kept confidential?
Trust and confidentiality play a key role in successful therapy. The time when confidentiality might have to be thought about, would be if someone is at risk of very serious harm - this aspect of confidentiality would be talked about during the first session. I work within the BACP Code of Ethics and as an individual member I am bound by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling which can be seen by clicking on the BACP link here.
What will happen when I make contact?
When you telephone me you may get my confidential voicemail, please leave your name and contact details and a convenient time for me to contact you.
When we speak we can make an appointment for an initial assessment consultation - which will last approximately an hour.
When we meet we may discuss what your concerns might be or what has brought you for counselling. We may think about whether I am the right counsellor for you or if counselling is appropriate for you at this time. You may have further questions you want to ask me or discuss what time appointments are available.
After our initial meeting you are under no obligation to continue.