what will happen?
my practice principles
I strive in my counselling to meet you where you are and to offer you open-minded and non-judgmental support. I am committed to anti-discriminatory practice and to ongoing training to better understand the ways that prejudice and inequalities in society can impact on mental health and emotional well-being. I encourage my clients to challenge me if you feel I am misunderstanding you or if I lack appropriate knowledge that would aid your recovery and growth. I promise to be transparent if I realise that I do not have the right skills to meet your needs, referring you on where possible to someone else who can. I see counselling as a place where we can talk about the things that are hard and may feel impossible to talk about elsewhere and I welcome you to bring any aspect of your experience to our work together.
the first session
During our first session, I will ask you for some details about yourself and also answer any questions you may have about me. I will explain about confidentiality and the very limited circumstances in which I will not be able to maintain this.
Then we'll spend some time exploring your reasons for coming to counselling. You don't have to know what you want to say; it's okay to say as much or as little as you want. I'll do everything I can to help you feel comfortable.
going on from there
People sometimes wonder how long they will need to come to counselling. There is no set answer - it is very much up to you. Some people come for only a few weeks while others find they appreciate the support for longer. We can discuss this both in our first session and as we go along. It's important that you feel safe, and in control of what we discuss. It's also important that we find a way of exploring your feelings that works for you. I have trained in an integrative way which means I can draw on a range of techniques and approaches to support you.
how much will it cost?
Our first session will be £25; after that, for a session of counselling, I charge on a sliding scale from £50 to £75, and ask you to choose a fee between those two points that you feel comfortable with (except in insurance work, where I set the fee). I can also offer reduced session fees if you are able to book a block of sessions and pay in advance. A session is 50 minutes. Payment is either by BACs or in cash during the session or, if you prefer, we can arrange a direct bank transfer in advance of sessions. I am registered with a number of insurance companies so please enquire if you have private medical insurance.