What can I expect in my first counselling session?
You can expect to be welcomed and greeted and helped to feel comfortable in the session. We will explore what has brought you to counselling and what issues you would like to work on. We may also set some goals of what you would like to be feeling towards the end of therapy or have achieved.
What types of therapy are there?
There are various different models of therapy; CBT, person centred, Psychodynamic, gestalt, Transactional analysis, transpersonal and integrative to name a few. I work from a Person centred core training however I like to work integratively meaning I draw on various models to best suit your needs.
How long are the sessions?
The sessions are 50 minutes long, by arrangement we can have longer or shorter sessions if this is something you feel would benefit you.
How do I pay for my counselling sessions?
On confirmation of wanting to book an appointment, I ask for payment to be made within 24 hours to my bank account (details of which are in the information pack I send over to you) to secure the appointment.
How frequently do I need to have counselling?
This is entirely dependent on you. I can offer sessions weekly, fortnightly and even monthly. By discussion I could also look at other options also.
Initially it can be beneficial to have a minimum of 6 weekly sessions before dropping to fortnightly or monthly.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies for everyone. Some people will only require one session, others may need ongoing sessions which can continue as long as you’re finding it useful and helpful. We will review at regular intervals to make sure you are happy.
What happens if I can’t make a session?
I ask for 48 hours’ notice to cancel/reschedule an appointment. Missed appointments with less than 48 hours’ notice will incur full payment. However, I do appreciate accident and emergencies and dependent on circumstance we can discuss. I will try to accommodate moving the session to another day/ time if I am able to.
Are our counselling sessions confidential?
Any information shared during the counselling process will be kept confidential and only shared anonymously with my clinical supervisor, who will not be able to identify you. There are a few other reasons I may need to break confidentiality and these are listed below:
- I am concerned that there is a serious risk to yourself or to others (Safeguarding).
- Issues arise that due to legal reasons must be referred on: (Terrorism, Drug trafficking act 1994, Money laundering regulations 2004.
- If I am summoned to court.
Where possible your agreement to break confidentiality will be sought first.