Finding a good counsellor can be daunting as there is often confusing information in the media, on the web and by word of mouth. It can be difficult to know who to put your trust in, so that you gain the most appropriate and beneficial support.
For this reason I offer a free 30 minute initial appointment. This gives you the opportunity to assess whether counselling is right for you and provides an opportunity for you to ask any questions about the way I work. Also this time is important for us both to check, if we are comfortable working together. There is no obligation on either side and I encourage you to take some time to reflect on whether you wish to continue working with me before making this decision.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), of which I am an accredited member, provides very useful information to anyone considering counselling.
Just CLICK HERE to visit the BACP website.
Counselling is confidential, however there are limitations to confidentiality that are particular to the field of counselling and I will explain these fully during the initial appointment. I will also provide written information setting out the terms of confidentiality for you to take with you following the first session as well as a privacy statement which you can also access via the link at the footer of each web page.
What to Expect
Counselling is a very personal process where you have the opportunity to express and reflect on your thoughts and feelings. This is done within a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental relationship that you develop with your counsellor. For some people being truly heard and understood is, in itself, very meaningful. For others, identifying areas in their lives they wish to change and using counselling to help achieve this, can be liberating. Other people may attend counselling because they feel out of sorts but are not really sure why this is. Having time to explore this can be just what is needed.
Counselling is also about having a better understanding of yourself and learning about your own coping resources, so that in the future you will know the sorts of things you can do to support yourself should problems arise.
However, counselling is often not an easy process as sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. These are common and natural feelings and for those who can work through this with their counsellor's support usually find it is well worth the effort.
Paying for Your Counselling and Missed Sessions
The initial session of up to 30 minutes is free of charge with no obligation on either side. Fees for any further appointments will be charged at £45 each for individual clients receiving a 50 minute session. I ask that payment be made by cash or cheque at the end of each session. Discount is available for trainee counsellors. Missed sessions will be charged for at 50% of the full fee unless at least 24 hours notice is given. Prices will be reviewed annually in April.