Frequently Asked Questions

How can counselling help me?

Counselling helps you take time out from your situation and see it from a different perspective.  Working with a counsellor gives you, or you and your partner, a chance to think about what you can do to change your situation for the better.  It can also give you a chance to explore complex or difficult issues in a safe and confidential environment.

What happens at the first counselling session?

The initial appointment is an opportunity for you to talk through your concerns with me and the reasons for seeking counselling. I may ask you some questions about yourself and your current situation to help me assess whether further sessions may be helpful to you.  If appropriate I will offer you further ongoing counselling - it is important that the help I can offer is the help that you need.  We would discuss between us whether you wanted a fixed number of sessions or if an open ended arrangement might be appropriate.   

How often will I need to attend?

Appointments will usually be weekly or fortnightly and will last for 55 minutes - it is important to be punctual as sessions need to begin and end on time.

Please try to arrive no more than five minutes early for your appointment as I may have a previous client and would not be available to open the door.

What if I miss an appointment?

It is important to attend all appointments but if you cancel with more than 24 hours notice you will not be charged.

In the unlikely event that I need to cancel our appointment at short notice I will try to offer you an alternative.

Is it confidential?

Your sessions are confidential but if I become concerned that you may be at serious risk of harming yourself or others or that people you are involved with may harm you or others, I may be obliged to inform an appropriate professional of my concerns.  However, I would discuss these concerns with you first whenever possible and would hope that together we can find a way forward.

In line with being a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) it is my ethical responsibility to have my counselling work regularly supervised by a colleague.  However, your anonymity will be safeguarded and great care taken to respect your privacy.