Counselling is the forming of a non-judgemental and confidential relationship between client and counsellor. Some people seek counselling because they want to discuss their thoughts, feelings and issues in their lives. People seek counselling for their self-development, to increase their confidence and an understanding of themselves. For some people counselling is a useful tool when they feel unable to cope.
In some cases counselling can make one feel more in control of the decisions that they make in their lives.
Counselling is non-directive, which means the client decides what issues to discuss, process and explore.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long have I been a counsellor?
A: I have six years counselling experience working as a school counsellor, working with women who have experienced abuse, drugs and alcohol misuse. I have also counselled offenders in the community and in prisons. I am currently working with people who suffer from mental health. I also counsel individuals, couples and group counselling in my private practice.
Q: Are you a member of any counselling organisations?
A: I am a registered member of the BACP & CCC registered counsellors.
Q: Do I have regular supervision?
A: I have supervision fortnightly.
Q: When am I available?
A: Daytime, evenings and weekends
Q: What are my fees?
A: My fees are £50 for individuals, £65 for couples and £25 for students or the unemployed. Payment are made by cash or in advanced by Paypal via the website.
Q: How long are the sessions?
A: Sessions are one hour. Sessions are normally on a weekly basis. However flexibility is available for appointments.
Q: What is the next stage?
A: Our first meeting will be a consultation to assess the issues the client wants to work with. At this stage the client is under no obligation to continue but there will be a consultation fee.
Q: How do you cancel a session?
A: Please notify me within 24 hours and I will try to accommodate you with a rescheduled appointment. Any missed or cancelled appointment with less than 24 hours will be charged in full.
Q: How do you keep a record of our session?
A: Counselling ethos is about confidentiality. In the first instance the client and counsellor reach an agreement and a contract is formed. The counsellor makes notes on the session but the client is not identifiable in the notes and all clients’ files are kept safe.