Frequently Asked Questions
Is it for me?
Counselling is only really effective when the client is willing and ready to engage with the work. For people who feel they are heading towards crisis point, and those who feel they have already reached this stage, counselling can be very effective and beneficial. People come to counselling for a large variety of reasons many of which are causing them problems or issues. There may be something in the past that feels unresolved or relationships that require attention. Counselling enables the client to enhance their insight into how they interact with others and provides the potential of change. Not everybody knows why they want counselling at a particular time in their lives but people come for many different reasons and at different stages in their lives. Some people just feel stuck and require professional support to help them develop towards possible change.
Where do I start?
I offer a free initial consultation that last 30 minutes. This allows you to meet me and ask any questions you may have before deciding whether or not you wish to arrange further appointments. I will offer a safe and confidential space where you can discuss your problems in a way that is not offered by friends or family. I will listen to the way you feel and how this affects the way you are in relationship with others. I will make no assumptions, nor will I judge you. I will accept who you are and aim to help establish a good therapeutic relationship that will enable us to work towards making any changes you wish to make in order to improve your well-being. My role as a counsellor is to offer help and support for emotional health and wellbeing.
Why do people come to counselling?
Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bullying, Caring for Someone With Long Term Illness Childhood Experiences, Confidence Building, Coping in a Crisis, Coping with Feelings, Crime, Depression, Disability, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drugs, Difficult Feelings, Eating Disorders, Family Issues, Fear, Financial Stress, Gender Identity, Identity, Illness, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Issues, Life Changes, Low Self-Esteem, Coping with Loss, Mental Health Issues, Panic Attacks, Parental Difficulties, Personal Development, Pregnancy & Fertility Issues, Relationship Breakup, Relationship Difficulties, Self-Awareness, Self-Harm, Separation, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality, Stress, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma, Unresolved Issues From the Past, Violence, Work related issues, and many others.
What are the Fees? (per 50 mins session)
I offer a free initial consultation in order that I can get to know a little bit about you and you may ask any questions you may have. This will enable us to decide if we want to begin working together. Each session lasts 50 minutes and is usually the same time each week.
Standard counselling rate £40,
Couples work £55,
Student Rate £30,
I do understand that money can be tight and therefore, in addition to this I also have limited concessionary appointments for people who are on a low income or experiencing financial difficulty.
How many sessions will I need?
Often if you are struggling with a particular issue or decision just a few sessions are enough for you to have a clearer picture of your problem and to decide on what course of action you may wish to take. However, for more deep rooted or complicated issues longer term counselling, may be required. This is something we will discuss at the initial session and can revisit at any time.
What is your Availability?
Afternoons:- Monday to Thursday
Evenings:- Monday to Wednesday
Contact me today to book a free 30-minute consultation with no obligation.