How long does a session last?
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation costs £50. I usually discuss fees individually.
How often do we meet?
Once a week, although you may feel the need for more frequent sessions, if you are experiencing particularly difficult circumstances; we can of course discuss this as a possibility.
What happens if I need to cancel a session?
There are likely to be times when you have planned to be away or are simply unable to make a particular session. I would appreciate it if you could let me know as far in advance as possible. Similarly, I will endeavour to let you know several weeks in advance, if I plan to be away. Where possible, we can arrange a session for a different time. If less than 48 hours' notice of cancellation is given, there will be a 50 percent cancellation fee.
Are sessions confidential?
Yes. Confidentiality is essential if you are to feel safe enough to disclose personal and private aspects of yourself and your life.
Do you subscribe to a professional Code of Ethics?
I adhere to the standards of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and their 'Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy' as well as the Code of Practice set down by the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy).
How long does therapy last?
The length of therapy is an individual matter and on that we can discuss during our consultation and throughout the course of therapy. It might be short-term, to provide you with enlightenment on a particular issue (for example in 5-10 sessions). Usually, it will involve in-depth work, which takes time in order for a shift to occur. In either case, we will intermittently review how sessions are progressing.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
The terms have become almost interchangeable. However, counsellors typically work on a specific issue or set of issues and conduct short-to medium- term work. A psychotherapist generally works in greater depth, which requires more exploration and medium-to long- term work.