Frequently Asked Questions
How long will I have counselling / therapy for?
There is no ‘correct’ amount of time to be in therapy. This will be discussed in the initial consultation and agreed together based on your needs and what feels right for you. I offer both open ended and time-limited therapy and will continue to check in with you about how you feel things are going. You can choose to stop therapy whenever you want, but planned endings are always preferable to stopping abruptly.
Taking breaks from therapy can be a useful way to give yourself time to take in the things you’ve been working through. While I won’t be able to hold your slot if you choose to take a break, clients are welcome to get back in touch if they would like to continue in the future.
Is therapy right for me?
This can be explored in our initial consultation where you can share what brings you to counselling and we can look at how I might be able to help you. There’s no commitment at this stage and you can take some time to consider whether you’d like to move forward.
How do I pay for sessions?
Payment must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the session by bank transfer.
What if I miss or cancel an appointment?
48 hours’ notice is required if you are unable to attend your appointment. Where there is less or no notice given, the session fee will apply.
Will our sessions be confidential?
The Information shared in therapy is strictly confidential.
I keep brief session notes written without the use of identifying names or information, and your sessions will only ever be discussed (anonymously) in supervision*.
There are some instances where I will need to break confidentiality, namely, if I feel you or someone else may be at risk of serious harm. I will always endeavour to share my concerns with you prior to taking any action. I will also need to break confidentiality if I’m required to do so by law (e.g. if subpoenaed by a court).
Why might you decide not to work with me?
I understand that the idea of me letting you know I don’t think we’re a good fit could feel like rejection or that you’re ‘beyond help’ – not at all! Choosing to start therapy is a big step and it’s important that you are supported by the person best able to do this. There are various reasons I might feel I’m not best-placed to work with you, including, if I feel too close to an issue you are bringing; discovering we have mutual friends, overlapping social circles or you know another of my clients very well; or if your particular concern could benefit from a more specialist approach. If it seems we might not be a good fit, I will always signpost you to another practitioner or service that may be better able to support you.
£55 per session
(some concessions available)