What to expect
The first step will be to contact me - either by phone, or email, or by using the Contact Me box.
I will then phone you back at a convenient time, to discuss what you are looking for and to see if I can help. This call will take approximately 10 minutes.
If appropriate, I would then invite you to my consulting room for an initial session. This will give you a flavour of how I work, and will give me a more detailed picture of what you are looking for in therapy.
I offer open-ended therapy, and therefore if you decide to come back we will discuss your goals. I will also ask you to fill out a simple form (with contact details etc), provide you with information about data protection: how I store and use personal information (GDPR) and discuss a working agreement with you.
Your session will take place in this room.
Each session will be 60 minutes long. Many counsellors only offer 50 minutes but I believe a full hour works better therapeutically. The sessions will generally take place every week, at the same time and on the same day. As I work with an open-ended time frame, it will be up to you how many sessions you come for.
Some clients are only looking for 4 to 6 sessions. Others will stay in therapy for much longer, depending on the issues they want to explore. I would review the work with you every so often, to see how you are feeling about the direction of the work.
Our work will be confidential, including initial contact that I have with you. In rare circumstances, I may be bound by the ethical code of my professional body (the BACP) to contact your doctor or another healthcare professional. This would only happen if I was concerned about your welfare, and would always be discussed with you first.
My standard fee is £50 per session
I currently have a small number of evening slots which cost £55 per session. Sessions can be cancelled in advance, but if a session is cancelled with less that 48 hours’ notice, I will charge the full fee.