FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY ASSESSMENT?
The assessment is FREE and provides you with an opportunity to tell your story and explore the options open to you. You can ask any questions you may have and decide the way forward.
If counselling is not for you at this time, you are under no obligation to return.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COME FOR?
You don’t HAVE to come at all! Many people find 6-8 sessions is enough; others stay for a year or more. When you feel ready to stop your therapy, just say the word. Many people choose to attend fortnightly towards the end to make the process of finishing easier.
HOW DO I KNOW YOU WON'T TELL MY STUFF TO OTHER PEOPLE?
I am bound by the Code of Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. You can read the Code at www.bacp.co.uk.
If you have any cause for concern you can contact them directly.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WAIT TO BE SEEN?
I hate waiting lists as much as everyone else! When someone finds the courage to contact a counsellor, they want to be seen as soon as possible.
It is my aim to offer an assessment within a few days.
If my own personal clinic is full, you will be offered an appointment with one of my Associate Counsellors.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COME?
This is entirely up to you. Most people choose to come weekly to begin with, but some come fortnightly, or even monthly.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
I do not believe anyone should be excluded on price, so my fees are negotiable. My rates are normally £50 per session for individual therapy and £60 for couples.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SESSIONS?
The session belongs to you, so you can choose what happens. Sometimes it will be an opportunity to tell your story, sometimes it will be focussed on how to change — each session can be different.
HOW DO I KNOW YOUR ASSOCIATES ARE ANY
My criteria for selecting Associates is simple: would I feel comfortable recommending a family member or a close friend to see them?
All my Associates have a mimimum of four years' training (no "weekend course at the Adult Community College" types for me); they must be experienced in their field; they must be members of the BACP.