What is Counselling and Psychotherapy about then?
Most of us go through difficult times at some point in our lives. Sometimes it is not always easy talking to friends or family as we may feel we are burdening them, or they may be invested in certain outcomes for us and this can leave us feeling alone with our thoughts and feelings. Some of us may not necessarily be distressed but feel discontent with our lives /relationships and get stuck in routines and habits that hold us back and we are at a loss at how to do something different and move forward. Others may have had a bad start in life and through no fault of their own, carry feelings of low self -esteem, anxiety or depression as they grow into adulthood.
Whatever our situation, it can be of huge benefit to have someone who is interested in us and our story who can help to reflect and explore our situation without pressure. Counselling and Psychotherapy do this by offering a safe and confidential space for you to begin the process of finding the capacity in yourself to move toward a more satisfying life. I offer a professional service to both couples and individuals over the age of 16 years.
How do I know if I need Counselling/Psychotherapy?
Counselling/Psychotherapy does offer something different from talking to family and friends by giving you a structured, regular time that is designated to you to explore issues at you own pace. I will likely ask for us to have a short initial chat over the telephone so I can ascertain what sort of support your looking for before we make any arrangements to meet. It will be possible for you to talk over any reservations or concerns you may have with me then or ask any questions about the process.
How regularly will I have to come?
You will be required to come weekly so that we can build a relationship and have some continuity of the work. If you are doing more long term work this can become less frequent depending on our agreement and the nature of the work as therapy continues.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no definitive time that Counselling/Psychotherapy takes, it is highly individual and varies from person to person. Some people require only a few meetings whilst others will benefit from more time. I would consider shorter term work to be between 8-12 sessions. Sometimes people decide to have a break and return at a later point to continue to do more exploration.
Where does therapy take place?
I work from home which helps me keep my charges to a minimum.
Do you have disabled access?
Access to my accommodation is via one step at the front of the house, it is therefore not suitable for wheelchair access. If you require this please indicate at initial contact as it may be possible to access a suitable room elsewhere. Unfortunately, the cost of hiring the room would be added to the fee.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
As I have a busy practice, I respectfully request at least 48-hour notice of cancellation or rescheduling of an appointment. A fee may be applicable for late cancellation or failure to turn up.
Do you offer supervision services?
Yes, I offer supervision for individuals or groups at £55 per hour.
Are you affiliated to a professional body?
Yes I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. ( B.A.C.P.) and I am therefore bound by their Code of Practice & Ethics. Being accredited with a professional body means that I am required to have achieved a considerable level of training hours, supervision and experience that has been approved by them.
How much do you charge?
Counselling/Psychotherapy - £45 per hour. This applies for both individual and couples work. I can offer limited places on a reduced fee for people on low income or during financial hardship.
Supervision for individuals and groups - £55 per hour.
Therapy Groups - Charge can vary dependent on group size and venue. Contact me for further detail.