If you have any other questions about counselling that are not answered here, please get in touch.
How do I know I need counselling?
You might feel you need someone to talk to in confidence, other than friends and family. Or you may be feeling as though you do not have the time or space to just be honest about things and discuss what is going on in life right now. Things might be difficult for you at the moment for some reason, or there may be something that happened in your past that is on your mind right now. If any of these are how you feel, then it may be the right time to have some counselling. As well as helping with specific problems, counselling also helps if you have a feeling of not being you or being quite right at the moment.
How will counselling help?
Counselling gives you some time to think about how you are really feeling, what is important to you and if there are any changes you want to make. It can help you find coping strategies that work for specific problems. Your sessions give you somewhere to be completely honest and not be judged for that, which can be very freeing if you have never experienced this before!
Is it confidential?
Yes, it is. Very brief notes are kept of our sessions together and your personal details are not kept with these notes. Your sessions in my diary are referred to by a number, not your name. Apart from certain safeguarding and legal reasons, your counselling sessions will always remain confidential. (Privacy statement available on request).
How much does it cost?
I offer everyone a 30 minute, initial telephone consultation free of charge. Each 50 minute session which is via telephone or online is £35. Longer sessions may be available and these would be charged at a higher rate.
What is Person Centred Counselling?
This is a way of counselling where the counsellor does not direct your sessions and is more led by what you, the client, wants. Person Centred Counselling follows the thought that the only person who really knows what is best for us is ourselves and sometimes we just need some help finding what that really is. Working in this way means that I will work with the issues you want to work with, in a way that you find is helping. We will unpack things together and at a pace that you are able to go at, we will walk on a journey towards you having a clearer understanding of your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
What qualifications and training do you have?
I have Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates in Counselling, as well as a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling. I also do regular training through workshops in person and online, reading and watching webinars. More recently this has included learning towards online and telephone counselling as a result of the pandemic, working with grief and bereavement and exploring anxiety.
What organisation are you registered with?
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP – http://www.bacp.co.uk). I work within their code of ethics at all times. I am also registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), hold a DBS Certificate and have public liability and indemnity insurance.
How often do I need to have counselling sessions?
There is no set answer for this, as we are all different. Generally, people tend to start with weekly or fortnightly sessions but ultimately it is about what you are comfortable with, what is practical for you and possible for you to attend. It is your counselling and so we will work out what is right for you.
Do I have to talk for the whole session?
Not if you don’t want to! Counselling is not only about talking and you may find it easier to express your emotions in other ways. As well as talking, counselling can include creative work such as drawing, using a sandtray, stones or other objects,writing a journal. . . . There are many options.