FAQs

- How do I get started?
Use the contact page to send your details and you will receive a response within 24 hours. We will arrange an initial consultation session which will be for 30 minutes.

This session will cost £20.

We will talk about what has brought you to therapy, your general physical and mental health and what support you may have in place.
We will also discuss what you hope to get from therapy and how you will recognise when you have achieved it.

It’s also an opportunity to discuss the different services available and consider what works best for you.

During the pandemic period it is likely that the initial consultation may have to be online or telephone contact.

 

- How long will my counselling sessions last for?
After the initial consultation session, a typical session will last for 1 hour.

 

- How often should I have counselling sessions and how many will I need?
Weekly or fortnightly sessions are beneficial. However the frequency is your decision based on our initial discussion. The pattern can change in the course of your therapy.

The number of sessions will depend on what you bring and how you are feeling. There is no fixed formula.

We will have a review every 6 sessions to summarise, reflect, then plan the next steps.

I follow ethical standards and will never prolong therapy.

You will be able to judge when it’s a good time to end counselling and the reviews will support you to make that decision.

 

- Are the sessions confidential?
Yes.
There are some legal and ethical exceptions which I will fully explain in the initial session.

A therapeutic relationship is a unique one. You may share and discover things about yourself which you’ve spoken to very few people about. Or maybe not shared at all.

All communication within the therapeutic relationship is confidential, whether in person, online or email.

 

- What sorts of concerns or issues do people bring to counselling sessions?
People come to counselling for many different reasons and everyone has different pressures and issues.

The areas I have experience in working with are:
- Depression and Low Mood
- Anxiety
- Anger Management
- Loss
- Relationships – Personal & Work
- Trauma
- Stress
This is not an exhaustive list. Clients can often bring concerns or issues and others may emerge.

I offer a flexible, responsive and tailored approach to achieve the best results for you.

If a client brings an issue in an area I am less experienced in, I will share this with the client and together we will explore the options that are better suited and available.

 

- How much does a counselling session cost?
The cost of each session is £40.

There may be variations depending on the individual circumstances of each client.

Fees may be paid by cash, bank transfer or Paypal.

 

 

- Why do you have starfish as a theme? ( I confess this is not an FAQ, however, I wanted to share this with you!)

The Starfish Parable ( Loren Eiseley 1907 – 1977)
There was an old man taking his morning walk on the beach. As he neared the shore line he noticed the beach was covered in starfish from the previous night’s storm.
In the distance he saw a young boy frequently bending down and the running towards the shoreline.
He approached him and saw he was bending down to pick up a starfish, running to the water’s edge and throwing the starfish in as far as he could.
The old man asked him what he was doing.
“I’m throwing the starfish into the sea, the tide has washed them up and they can’t get back by themselves. When the sun comes up they will die,” he replied.
The old man said “There’s thousands of them, the few you can save won’t make much of a difference. You are wasting your time.”
The boy picked up another starfish, threw it into the sea and said “It’s made a difference to that one.”

I take this parable into my way of living and my practice. We often avoid, or put things off, because the challenge seems too big, too messy or too painful - and that can feel overwhelming.
Taking one tiny step at a time can break that challenge down, enabling us to explore what changes we may want to make.
The smallest action can make a difference. You may take one or many small steps , with gaps in between, to change or re-shape your life.

One small step towards making a change.

And that’s okay.