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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can access my service?

Referrals can be made by individuals; GP’s; employers & local services.

How do I work?

I work using an integrative method, the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) describe integrative therapy as “looking at the whole person, taking into account their mental, physical & emotional needs. The therapist will use techniques & tools from different modalities to tailor an individual approach for their client.”

How do the sessions work?

Counselling sessions are 60min long & are normally weekly. I tend to work in blocks of 6 or 12 sessions with reviews at session 3 or 6.

Psychotherapy sessions are also 60min long these typically start with a block of 12 sessions & then after a review we look at sessions on a weekly basis after that. Because psychotherapy is over a longer period of time, session times can be altered for best fit for example having a 2-hour session fortnightly.

Before committing to any sessions, I suggest an initial session. This creates an opportunity for you ask any questions, to discuss what you would like to get from your chosen sessions, & how I can work with you & support you in reaching your goal. This session is 60min long.

Are sessions confidential?

I am ethically bound to deliver a confidential service. I will not discuss your session content with anyone else other than my clinical supervisor, & when talking to my clinical supervisor your details are anonymised. If I believe you or anyone else is in danger of serious harm, involved in acts of terrorism or money laundering I may break confidentiality in accordance with the National Counselling Society’s ethical framework, this would be discussed with you the client & my clinical supervisor.

Why do I have a supervisor?

Supervision protects clients by involving an impartial third party in the work of a therapist & client, helping to decrease the possibility of serious error & helping the therapist to reflect on their own feelings, thoughts, behaviour & general approach with their clients. Supervisors are bound by the same confidentiality agreements as therapists.

When choosing telephone sessions who calls who?

I call you, if you don’t pick up the call I ring back after 5 minutes. If you don’t pick up again, I will then leave a voicemail & text or email you to rearrange.

Do you work with trainee counsellors & student counsellors?

Yes, I do. Student/trainee counsellors will be able to receive a 10% discount. I am all too aware that the process to become a counsellor can often bring up things in our own lives. (*Please note this is not supervision but your own personal therapy)

When am I available?

I have daytime & evening appointments Monday – Saturday.

Do you have a waiting list I could join?

Yes, there is an option to go on a waiting list. This can be a good option if the time slot you are after is sort after.