Fees and Duration
£50 - Individual session
£60 - First session (initial assessment session lasting 60 minutes)
Individual sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually once a week – wherever possible at the same time each week. On our first appointment, we will meet for 60 minutes. Skype sessions can be discussed.
Making an appointment
When you make contact with me by phone or email, we will talk over what has brought you to seek counselling therapy and make a mutually convenient arrangement to meet and talk about you for 60 minutes. If we feel comfortable with each other and decide together that the service I offer can be helpful for you, we agree a regular appointment time. Ideally we make no changes to the regular pattern of working. I generally offer weekday daytime or some evening appointments.
We will discuss whether you are looking for a short term arrangement which might be sufficient to address an immediate issue. More frequently open ended longer term work provides the opportunity to explore the roots of your difficulties more deeply and can provide the space for your personal development. I will offer my professional opinion on what you may derive most benefit from, but the final choice is always yours. Short-term work may be extended if required.
Mutual trust is fundamental to our work together. I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Principles of Counselling & Psychotherapy and these can be found at www.bacp.co.uk. Everything we talk about remains in total confidence, except in exceptional circumstances if:
I consider either you or another person is at risk of harm
I am required to divulge information by a Court of Law
If terrorist activity is suspected
In any of the above circumstances, where possible I aim to discuss the matter with you first.
What if you know someone I talk about, or we see each other outside of sessions?
I will make you aware if I think I recognise someone you talk about and I consider there could be a conflict of interest. My professional code of confidentiality and personal therapy leave me able to set aside my own experience of mutual acquaintances so we can focus solely on your relationship with those you mention. You can speak openly about anyone in the sessions, without fear of breach of confidentiality.
We will agree at the outset just how you would like to handle any chance meeting between us outside of the therapy room.
What if you think you can’t help me?
If either of us feel the service I offer is unsuitable for you, or your availability makes working together unachievable, I will give you the option of referral on to another professional individual or organisation.
Please telephone me in the first instance on 07900 890049 to talk through your needs and we can arrange a mutually convenient time to meet. There is no commitment on either side to take counselling beyond the initial meeting. You can also email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.