Q. What can I expect from counselling?

A. As a qualified and experienced counsellor I will provide you with a safe, regular and confidential space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. Counselling will provide an opportunity to make sense of what is going on for you, identify the cause of the problem and explore patterns of thoughts and behaviours which have a negative effect on your life. It is a chance for you to talk through your issues or experiences and for me to listen in helpful and non-judgmental ways.

Our work together will help you find new ways to think about things and can provide you with the opportunity to explore alternative options and choices. I will work with you to help you gain self awareness and insight to understand your own problem. I will not give you advice as I support and respect your right to make your own decisions.

Q. How long are sessions?

A. Sessions typically last up to an hour.

Q. What can counselling help with?

Counselling can help with any issues or experiences and addresses concerns across many lifestyle and life stage events and circumstances.

Common reasons why people seek out counselling include:

Relationship difficulties

Illness

Grief and loss.

  • Life transition and adjustment issues.
  • Personal growth and understanding.
  • Addictive behaviours.
  • LGBT issues.
  • Anxiety, stress or depression.
  • Loneliness.
  • Rape and sexual abuse.
  • Eating disorders

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Sessions are £35 per hour

 

Q. Will counselling be confidential?

A. Your confidentiality is of paramount importance to me and as a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy I abide by and adhere to their Ethical Framework.

These confidentiality provisions, however, are limited where there is a need to:

  • Protect a child or children.
  • Prevent or lessen a serious or imminent threat to life, health or property.
  • Prevent the commission or likely commission of a crime.
  • Prevent violence or a threat of violence to a person or property.

Q. How many counselling sessions should I have?

A. Every person attending counselling does so for different reasons, so the number of sessions is determined by the topics you wish to discuss and depends on your individual needs. Sessions usually take place weekly, however you may wish to gradually reduce the frequency to fortnightly or monthly towards the end of your therapy if this feels best for you.

Q. Does the Counsellor take notes from the session?

A. I may take notes during of after the session to assist in the process and for reference in future sessions. These written notes are confidential and stored securely.