What Should I Expect in My First Appointment?
The first session is an opportunity for us to start to get to know each other and to give you an opportunity to see how I work, ask me any questions and decide whether you feel comfortable working with me. It is natural to feel nervous about the first counselling session, so my aim is to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
You will have the opportunity to explain why you have decided to come for counselling, what you would like to achieve from the counselling and to discuss any concerns you have about the counselling process. Once we have agreed a way forward, future sessions will then be booked at times and dates to suit you.
How Long are Sessions and What Does it Cost?
Session typically last between 50 minutes to an hour and are usually on a weekly basis, however I am flexible to your requirements. I charge £40.00 per 50-60 minute session.
How Many Sessions Will I Need
The number of sessions needed will vary according to the individual and their specific requirements. It can be anything from providing short term, brief focused crisis intervention averaging between 6-12 sessions, to long term, open-ended psychotherapy towards a journey of self-discovery. During the initial appointment we will establish how many sessions you feel you would like to have and then we can review your progress accordingly. The amount of sessions you have is completely up to you, and you can have as little or as many as you feel suitable.
Who Usually Comes for Counselling?
The simple answer to this question is – anyone and everyone. I have worked with people of all ages, backgrounds and from all walks of life. Unfortunately life involves experiencing difficulties at times, which none of us are insusceptible to. Sometimes we are able to resolve these issues on our own, but sometimes people need a bit of help in order to put things into perspective and be able to move forward in their lives.
Is it Confidential?
Confidentiality is of paramount importance and I am committed to the BACP code of Ethics regarding confidentiality. There are a couple of specific exceptions to this, but we will discuss these in more detail in our first session.
How Can I Pay?
Payment can be made on the day by cash, credit card or paypal. I'll provide you with details when we meet.
What Happens if We Meet Outside?
I will follow your lead. If it looks like you want to say hello then I will. If not, I will act as if we have never met. I will never discuss how we met or anything else confidential with you in public.