£45 per session. This is the cost both of face-to-face sessions and online sessions.
I do not currently offer concession rates.
50-55 minutes. If you arrive late, the session will run until the usual end-time; unfortunately, sessions cannot be extended.
If you cannot attend your counselling session, I ask that clients give me at least 24 hours' notice. If you do not attend, or cancel without notice, you will still be charged for your session. Rescheduling can only be offered if 24 hours’ notice is given and is subject to availability.
Payments can be made via bank transfer on the day of the session.
Taking the first step into counselling can feel difficult; understandably, people sometimes feel nervous about the first session. You're meeting a new person, in a new context, with the prospect of sharing personal, vulnerable things which you may not have told anyone before. Nerves are perfectly normal and we can work with that feeling. I am experienced in putting people at ease.
Our first session will be a chance for us to decide whether we could work together. It will be important for you to consider whether you feel comfortable talking to me. By coming to your initial meeting, you're not signing up for anything and you're not tied in to a certain number of sessions.
In the initial meeting, I won't ask you to go too deep or share anything too vulnerable. It will be a chance for me to gather some information from you, after which we can explore what's brought you to counselling. We will discuss what you would like to get from counselling, and start to think about how we might move forward. If you choose to have counselling with me, I will continue to review our work together as we go, so it doesn't all have to be decided in our first session.
In counselling, clients share things which are personal, private and vulnerable. It can feel difficult saying these things, and you want to know that they won’t get shared. As a counsellor, I have a duty of confidentiality to my clients. Whatever you say will stay between us.
There are very few exceptions when I will break confidentiality. Every counsellor has a supervisor, to make sure that counsellors are working ethically; when I discuss my client-work with my supervisor, I do not give them identifying information. My supervisor also has a duty of confidentiality to my clients.
The only other exceptions to confidentiality are:
- When my clients ask me to break confidentiality (they might ask me to contact someone on their behalf).
- When there is a serious risk to my client or to someone else.
- When there is a disclosure of abuse of a child or vulnerable person.
- When there is a court-order requiring me to disclose information.
- When law requires me to disclose information, such as drug-trafficking, money-laundering or terrorism.
If I ever need to break confidentiality, I always attempt to discuss this with my clients first.
Ultimately, only you can decide this. However, if you are finding life hard and struggling with your feelings, then talking to me might be helpful. Having the chance to explore your experiences and the emotions that they bring up can be useful, and doing this with someone completely separate from family and friends can provide a very different experience. The counselling relationship is here to serve you; whilst it is still collaborative, it’s not a two-way-relationship in the same way your relationship with your friends and family is. I can provide a regular slot in your week when you can openly discuss your feelings, without fear of it affecting someone close to you. I can help you find ways to cope, develop more understanding and self-compassion, and find ways to move on.
Most clients have a session every week. However, I am open to discussing having more than one session each week at times when things are particularly difficult for you – or we could explore moving sessions to once every two weeks.
Yes. I offer online sessions via Zoom on Mondays. If you would like an online session on a different day of the week, contact me and we can discuss the possibility of finding another time-slot.
I do not offer telephone counselling.