What can I expect at the first meeting? Before starting therapy we will meet for an initial assessment. This is a mutual assessment. Our initial assessment will be an opportunity for us to talk and for me to get an understanding of what it is you would like from therapy and also an opportunity for you to get an understanding of how I practice. The first session will last 50 minutes. The initial assessment and all sessions thereafter are held in strict confidence.
To enable counselling to be effective and therapeutic you need to feel comfortable with me, therefore our first meeting will be a mutual assessment for both of us to see if we can work together and to explore how counselling might proceed. If we decide to work together we will establish an agreement about the fee, and also which day and time we will meet each week.
How long does therapy usually last? This of course depends on the individual. I offer both short term (more goal oriented) and long term therapy. I offer both long and short-term therapy, dependent upon your own particular needs. Short term can be for a minimum of six sessions, and long term can be for several months or longer.
How does counselling help? Many times the primary problem for clients is the feeling lik they are struggling, either emotionally, mentally or physically. This is true even for those who live within a family or community. By coming to therapy you can share your problems with someone skilled in listening and who can help you understand how past experiences and current behaviour may be linked.
How much does counselling cost? Initial assessment £45 Weekly Sessions between are charged between £45 and £70. I also offer a limited number of places for those on low incomes.
How can I make payment? Payment can be made by cash, cheque, debit and credit card. Payment is required on the day of our session or in advance if you are paying electronically or, if our session is via telephone or Skype.
How long is each session? Each session will be a 50 minute session