When clients contact me, one of first questions they ask is what can they expect in counselling.
Building up trust and rapport is important to our therapeutic relationship and my approach is to guide you to open up and talk about yourself. Sometimes the reason you sought therapy may not be the route cause of the issue or it may not even be clear to you. We'll take a look at the first layer - the initial problem - and then there may be another layer underneath, and another layer underneath that. Or you may like to think of it as your emotional suitcase filled with your thoughts and feelings. However, this ‘emotional luggage’ may be badly packed and may frequently burst open from time to time or when it's prodded.
This is often experienced as distressing thoughts and feelings. What we need to do is unpack and repack your emotional suitcase to help you make sense of it. This can be upsetting and painful to do, but eventually it allows you to re-arrange things so that you can carry the bag without it bursting open unexpectedly, or have tools to cope when it does.
How many sessions will I need?
This is up to you and you're in control of this. I can't predict how long therapy will take for you to feel better and its important to consider that therapy takes time. For some people, short term is suitable (around eight sessions) to help them feel better, for others medium or long term therapy helps them discover, understand and process what brought them to therapy and how to move forward.
Do I have to commit to a certain number of sessions?
Therapy can be life changing and empowering and bring about an understanding of yourself and others which can really enhance your life. You don't have to commit to a certain number of sessions and can stop at any time if you feel the need.
How will I know when it's right to end therapy?
I will check with you regularly about how you are feeling, but you will know when you feel ready to stop because you'll be in a place where you feel better and in a place where you are moving forward. I only ask you talk to me about the reason for ending therapy so that it's ended safely.
How long are the sessions?
A standard counselling session is 50 minutes.
Missed or Cancelled Appointments: In the event that I need to cancel a session, I will always endeavour to rearrange and give as much notice as possible. However, any sessions cancelled or not attended by you are chargeable. To avoid being charged, please give at least 48 hours notice of any cancellation by email or telephone.
Payment: Please ensure that all fees are paid, either in cash or bank transfer before your session.
Session Availability and Fees
I offer a flexible range of appointment times to suit your personal circumstances, family life and work life balance:
Monday to Friday/Saturdays and Sundays
Face to face
Phone or Video Call
£50 standard counselling hour (50 minutes)
Face to face sessions
£50 per hour
£50 per hour
Stop Smoking Sessions
£175.00 - 3 hours including hypnotherapy