After deciding to see a counsellor many clients are still unsure as to what to ‘do’ or what will happen in a session. Typically in your first session I will ask you to talk to me about what has brought you to counselling; you can ask any questions you may have about how we will work together and, if it would be helpful for you, to discuss what you would like from our sessions. You may not know this initially and that’s ok. If you decide to continue, subsequent sessions will allow you the space and time to explore your issue(s) further and through working together enable you to find the best way forward.
I’m often asked how many sessions I think a client will ‘need’ but there is no one size fits all. You may find after one session that you feel you have got what you needed, it maybe that you feel you would like support over a longer time period. However, there is no requirement to decide this as you begin counselling unless you’d like to. Generally sessions are arranged weekly or fortnightly initially.
As a counsellor registered with British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Professionals 2018. I am fully insured and access supervision regularly to ensure that I practice safely and ethically. I am also covered by an enhanced DBS.
My fees are £45 for a session lasting one hour, which is payable in advance. I conduct sessions mainly from a counselling room in L17, a short walk from Aigburth train station and the various bus stops on Aigburth Road.