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Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the sessions?

A session lasts 50 minutes and usually is held once a week at the same time and place.
The session must end on time even if you are late.

How do I pay you?

I ask for payment to be made by bank transfer prior to the session. If this proves difficult then we can discuss other options.

If I come for a session, do I have to continue?

Not at all. I am a firm believer that you need to find the right therapist for you. I offer a free 15 min phone consultation prior to beginning sessions and a reduced first session rate of £45 to see whether we work well together.

How long will it take?

This is really dependent on you. I would recommend at least 6 sessions to get a feeling for what it’s like – after this we can review how the work is going. Some people find six weeks sufficient, and others prefer a much longer, open-ended period.

Are my problems bad enough?

This is something I have heard a lot but there is no hierarchy of pain and struggling – what might be difficult for others may not be for you and vice versa. Rather than comparing the size of your struggles with others, it may be more useful to think about the impact your problems are having on you or wonder why you are comparing yourself to others: is this familiar to you or something you do often?

Is it confidential?

I strictly adhere to the BACP’s ethical framework and guidance in regard to confidentiality. What is said in the session stays in the session unless someone’s safety (including your own) is at risk. There are certain exceptions to that (such as the disclosure of a serious crime) that by law I would need to break confidentiality for but I would make you aware of these.

Additionally, every registered/accredited counsellor/therapist undertakes supervision on a regular basis. Whilst your issues may be raised every effort would be taken to maintain your anonymity.

Free initial 15-minute phone call