1. How much does a session cost and how long does it last?
The price for one therapy session is £60 (£75 for couples counselling). A session lasts one hour, although some clients book longer sessions.
Sessions are booked regularly, usually once a week or fortnightly, at a mutually agreed time.
2. How many sessions will I need?
Therapy may end after a few sessions or it may continue over several weeks or many months. This will be discussed on our first therapy session and regular reviews are set in place to make the decision of ending as easy and straightforward as possible.
3. What happens on a first session?
After I introduce myself and answer any questions you may have about the therapy process you will have the opportunity to talk about your problems and we will explore together if you could benefit from therapy at this point in your life. I will make a note of any relevant personal details and we will then discuss and sign a therapy contract together. I may ask you to fill in a questionnaire on a first session and at regular intervals thereafter, which helps me monitor how much I am actually helping you.
4. How are referrals made?
I found the best outcomes to come from clients who self-refer and decide for themselves what they need to work through, at a time in their life that best suits them. I also take referrals from GP practices, social workers, community psychiatric nurses, health visitors and other professionals.
5. How can counselling help?
- Therapy can help provide strategies for coping with difficulties and insight into your behavior.
- It can help you see how you impact on others and how their behavior affects you.
- Develop more constructive behaviors, e.g. become more assertive /able to stand up for yourself; become less reactive;
- Greater insight into your current situation; seeing the bigger picture;
- Developing decision-making skills;
- Reduced tension/anxiety/depression;
- Increased motivation;
- Greater awareness of what is going on inside; becoming aware of the different aspects that make up who you are;
- Experiencing a relationship where you are deeply valued enables you to see your own value.
6. How can I get the best out of counselling?
- By being open and honest, saying how you really are feeling.
- By telling me about your expectations from counselling in order to make sure they are realistic and achievable.
- By staying with your uncomfortable feelings as they come up during the counselling sessions, learning and taking evidence that you can contain them and they are not too overwhelming;
- If you feel uneasy about any aspect of counselling, spend some time with it on your own and then tell me about it rather than just hope it will go away;
- Feel free to give me feedback about what you find helpful and not so helpful during counselling.