1. What are the benefits of counselling?

Benefits include feeling happier; understanding yourself more and learning how to challenge the patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour you currently experience; becoming more self aware and realising that other choices are often available; learning to value yourself; developing self esteem and becoming more confident; feeling healthier in your body as you develop a healthier mind.

I will offer you the benefit of a private space in which to share your feelings, free from judgement or prejudice. I will value you for who you are and will listen with empathy, trying always to put myself in your shoes. I will be open and honest with you and whilst not offering advice or solutions, I will help you to access your own inner resources so that you can cope with your difficulties more easily.

2. How much does it cost?

Sessions cost £50 for individuals and £65 for couples.

Students and the unemployed may ask for details of concessions.

3. Do you offer a reduced rate introductory session?

Yes, during off peak times, I offer a £20 discount on full  55 minute session or 30 minutes free of charge. In this session you decide if you are comfortable talking to me. If you feel it is not for you then there is no obligation to continue.

At the same time I will determine if I have the skills to work with the difficulties you describe. If not then I will be honest with you and we will discuss what you might choose to do next.

4. What happens at my first counselling session?

We will spend about 10 minutes agreeing our mutual obligations to the therapeutic process.

I will then ask you what you need from your session. Dont worry if you are unsure as I have techniques to help you describe what you are experiencing.

5. How long is each counselling session?

Each session lasts for 55 minutes.

6. How many sessions will I need?

This is difficult to predict and depends on several factors. To help answer the question I can only use my experience with other clients. Generally, less than four sessions is unsatisfactory; clients report good results after eight to ten sessions; and those with deep issues or wanting to continue with their journey of self-discovery have continued beyond 20 sessions.

7. What do I need to do to get started?

Contact me by email or phone. Sometimes I will be with a client but if you leave a message I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

8. Is what I tell you in confidence?

The content of your sessions is confidential. There are a very few exceptions and these will be explained in the introductory session.

9. Are you a member of BACP?

Yes I am a registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).