Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find the right therapist?
I believe the relationship between client and counsellor is really important. Therefore it’s vital that you find somebody you feel you can talk to, trust, and feel comfortable with. You may find it helpful to talk to or visit a few counsellors before making a final decision.
There are different models of counselling, and some counsellors may work exclusively with a particular model. eg. Transactional Analysis, CBT. I work in an integrative way, which means I have studied several different models of counselling, integrating them to suit each client. I believe this has given me a more comprehensive toolbox with which to work, and I can tailor this to each client, depending on their needs.
You can contact me to arrange an initial consultation, either using the confidential email form which you will find on the Contact page, or by phone or email. The purpose of this consultation is for us both to decide whether we would like to work together and if counselling is the right form of help for you at this time.
If I feel I am unable to help I can signpost you.
We will also discuss what your expectations from counselling are, and what you hope to achieve. It is also an opportunity to ask any questions about what counselling involves, or any other concerns you may have. I will also explain about confidentiality.
I can offer both day and evening appointments, Monday to Friday or Saturday mornings to suit you.
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
What happens in a session?
You decide what you want to talk about and when. We will concentrate on the areas which you wish to work on.I work in a non-directive way, and appreciate you need to build trust in me before working at a deeper level.
What sort of things can I talk about?
• Feeling depressed, sad, anxious or stressed
• Low self-esteem
• Coping with loss or bereavement
• Facing redundancy or retirement
• Facing difficult decisions about the future
• Wanting to change unwanted patterns of behaviour, eg. unhealthy eating habits,self- harming, difficulties in expressing or controlling anger
• The impact of physical, emotional or sexual abuse
• Difficulties with relationships
How long do the sessions last?
Each session lasts for 50 minutes. We would ideally meet on a weekly basis. Some clients feel they only need a few sessions, whilst others may decide they want to stay in therapy for much longer. This can be discussed at the initial consultation.
I can also be reasonably flexible, should you need to work around school runs or shift pattern working.
How many Sessions will I need?
You decide how many sessions you want. It can range from just one to six and more if you feel you want them.
What happens if I cannot make an appointment?
If you have to miss an appointment please give 48 hours notice. Otherwise you will be expected to pay for the missed appointment, or arrange an alternative appointment where possible.
What if I am late for a session?
Unfortunately if you are late, I cannot extend the session, and we will end at the normal time, as I may have another client.