How much will a session cost?
Each hourly session is charged at £45. I offer a subsidised rate to those that need it and counselling students. Please get in touch for further details.
How many sessions will I need?
I’m often asked how many sessions I think a client will ‘need’ and 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 and we can discuss this in more detail during the telephone consultation.
How long will it be before I feel better?
Many people come to counselling hoping (understandably so) that they will begin to feel better straight away, and in some ways this may be true. Being able to speak freely can for some feel like having a weight taken off your shoulders. However, it is also the case that what has brought you to counselling maybe painful and upsetting. In some situations you may be discussing something that happened years ago which you dealt with at the time by not thinking about it, or not acknowledging how painful it was. You may find it challenging working through those experiences. I aim to be warm and encouraging and provide a safe space to support you to do this throughout our sessions. We’ll also discuss how you may look after yourself in the gaps between our sessions.
Where will the sessions take place?
Sessions are conducted online via Zoom
Are the sessions confidential?
Counselling sessions are confidential this includes any notes that are written to record your session. However there are some circumstances, in order to work legally and ethically in which this confidentiality agreement may be broken, and these are outlined below.
Quite often people come to counselling when they are in some sort of crisis, this may involve the person feeling suicidal. I believe it is important for any suicidal feelings to be fully explored. Sometimes just simply talking about these feelings results in them reducing as they are now much more understood. However, in some situations these feelings can become worse and through our sessions we learn that you may take action to seriously harm yourself or another. At this stage additional support may be required and I will discuss this with you. I would hope to gain your consent to contact other medical professionals to enable us to keep you safe, and this is usually your GP.
Additionally, the protection of children and vulnerable others is paramount, and if you were to disclose any information to indicate that a child or vulnerable other has been harmed, or is in danger of being harmed, I would need to share this information with other agencies. In addition, from a legal perspective, I am required by law to report any information that is shared regarding serious organised crime such as dealing in weapons, terrorism, money laundering, or drug or human trafficking.
In any of these circumstances only relevant information will be shared with relevant agencies, this means that a lot of the information that you have shared with your counsellor will still remain confidential.
What qualifications do you have?
I hold a Masters Degree in Clinical Counselling (with distinction) and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also certified to work online having completed further specialist training which was accredited by the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online.
I am 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.