50 minute counselling sessions online, phone or in person cost £50. I offer a free 15 minute informal chat over the phone to answer any questions you may have regarding your needs and what you want to get out of counselling.
I have decided I would like to try counselling. What do I do next?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 07726536960 letting me know what you would like to work on and when you are available. I work Mon/Tues/Wed. You can check my availability here. Even if I'm showing as full, do still get in touch as a space may become available very soon. If our diaries match, we will book in a first 50 minute so you can get a feel for how it would be for us to work together.
How do I meet you for the first time?
We will meet in person, on the phone or on zoom depending on what suits best. The first session gives us an opportunity to assess whether how I work suits your need. There is no commitment to continue counselling after this meeting.
What happens if I have to cancel an appointment?
Appointments can be cancelled within 48 hours. Please see my policy.
Are the sessions confidential?
Yes. There are some exceptions that relate mainly to a risk of harm to yourself or others. This will be explained to you in more detail at the first meeting.
Where is your practice?
I work from Southville Practice Rooms (North Street BS3) on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
When will I be seen?
Please view my availability.
How often do we meet?
It is useful for the therapeutic process to meet once a week.
How many sessions will I have?
The duration of counselling is different for everyone; we can explore what you would like together, and you can review this at any time along the way. You may simply want a session or two to work on something particular; or you may know that you need much longer. A common way of working is to agree to a certain number of sessions, say six, and then review how things are going at that point, and regularly thereafter. For a number of clients, around 12-16 sessions seem to be enough for substantial changes to have occurred. Many people may want more, and others may choose to have a break for a while to let things move forward, and come along for another round of sessions later on.
How do you protect my privacy?
What ethical standards do you abide by?
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I work to its ethical standards. I am also fully insured with Towergate Insurance (Policy no. FLCX50AM01).