Frequently Asked Questions
Q) There are so many people offering counselling, how on earth can I tell who would be right for me to see?
A) Unfortunately, there is still no legislation around counselling and psychotherapy; in fact - worryingly - anyone can call themselves a counsellor or therapist. Therefore, it is important to do some research, check with professional bodies, and ask as many questions as you need to concerning the therapist's background, experience and where they obtained their qualifications. You may wish to bear in mind that the cheapest therapist may not be the most highly-qualified or experienced.
Q) Is it possible to speak on the phone before I make any commitment?
A) Yes it is. Please do phone me or email me, whatever suits you best. Alternatively, I'm happy to offer an initial paid appointment to enable you to see how we might work together. There is no obligation at all to book any further sessions if you don't feel it's right for you.
Q) I have looked elsewhere and I'm not sure I can afford regular therapy sessions.
A) I work flexibly. After an initial session, we would work together to make a plan that feels right for you. You, as the client, would be in control at all times.
Q) How can I be sure that anything I say will be confidential?
A) I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their standards, ethics and rules regarding confidentiality and a high standard of professional practice. In addition, I am a member of 2 further professional bodies: The Health Care Professions Council and the EMDR Association, UK & Ireland.
Q) How much will I have to pay?
A) Typically, sessions cost £75 (£80 for couples and families) but I am happy to clarify this when we speak.
And finally: the idea of therapy can be daunting, but there really is nothing to worry about, so please feel free to make contact and I will do my very best to answer any further questions or concerns you might have.
Privacy Statement: In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), any personal information sent will only be used to contact you with details of services you have requested. Your personal details will not be retained for any other purpose, nor will they be shared with any other organisation. Please note that I do not keep client notes electronically.