Frequently Asked Questions
What problems are suitable to bring to therapy?
Any issue that persistently troubles you is appropriate for therapy. You can find more information on some of the issues I work with on my How can I help you? page.
How is it different from talking to a friend?
The support of family and friends during difficult times can be invaluable. However, if talking to friends or self-help strategies have failed to help you make a change for the better and you are frustrated with the way things seem to be turning out, therapy may be able to help you. Maybe your problems are too big or complex to handle alone or perhaps others have suggested that you need to get help.
Therapy differs from talking to friends as besides confidentiality, the lives of those close to us are inevitably intertwined with our own and with that comes the potential for advice giving, judgement or perhaps a fear of burdening them. Therapy offers a safe space where you can work through difficulties in a neutral, non-judgemental environment to concentrate purely on your emotional wellbeing.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no set number of sessions. You are an individual and the number of sessions will depend on your needs. In general, a specific issue with a short history may be resolved fairly shortly, for example in 6 to 8 sessions. However, a less specific issue with a long history for example "I always feel I'm not quite good enough" may need a longer time period to work through. You are in control of the number of sessions and I firmly believe that you will know when you are ready to end therapy.
Will I become dependant on therapy?
People sometimes fear that entering into therapy will make them dependant on their therapist. In fact, the opposite is true, therapy encourages you to become self determining and autonomous.
How much will it cost?
I currently charge £50 per fifty-minute session for individuals and £70 for couples. Payment is made at the end of each session by cash, bank transfer or cheque please.
Is counselling confidential?
Therapy is a safe, professional relationship. It is built on trust and is most effective when you can speak openly and freely about the issues you are struggling with. Confidentially is essential and I am bound by the BACP code of ethics and professional conduct to maintain this.
There are however, exceptional circumstances where I am legally bound to break confidentially and we will go through these exceptions in detail in our first session. I will not break confidentiality without notifying you.
How do I take the first step?
Once you have decided that you would like to consider entering therapy please contact me and we can have an evaluation session. This takes one hour and is charged at my normal rate. Together we will discuss what your goals for therapy might be and at the same time see how it feels for us to work together. If we are both happy to proceed we can make arrangements to start. It is really important that you feel comfortable working with me and if you feel we don’t ‘click’ then I will be happy to provide you with referrals to other therapists. I will do the same if I feel your needs are outside of my area of specialism.