How long is a session?
The sessions last 60mins and are weekly. If you are unable to make a session I ask for 48hours notice, or if going on holiday as much notice as possible.
I will regularly review the work to maintain a constant focus, and we will discuss when to end the sessions.
How much does it cost and how do we pay?
The initial consultation costs £70 and clients normally pay at the session. Payments can be made by cash, cheque or on-line banking.
Prior to commencing ongoing sessions we will discuss how we will work, including the ongoing session rate.
How many sessions will I/we need?
This will depend on the issues you bring. The sessions are tailored to meet your needs and the general rule is that problems that arise over time tend to need to be unravelled before they can be resolved.
However, by 6 sessions most clients have a clearer perspective on what is needed and how they would like to proceed.
What happens in the first session?
The first session is a little bit about me asking you about you and your life. Then I will ask you to say why you are here and what you would like to change. Many say that having the opportunity to describe their concerns and express their feelings to someone who will listen and not judge enables them to talk about their experiences in a new way. My role is to listen and to begin to help you think about the changes you would like to make.
Sometimes just normalising what is going on for you can be a huge sense of relief, other times it’s the relief of sharing something that has been going round and round in your head.
At the end of the session if I feel I am able to help, I will give you the opportunity to think about whether you would like to continue the counselling, some have decided by the end of the session others would like time to think. Either is absolutely fine.
What if you can’t help?
If I do not feel I have the right expertise I will talk with you about referral options and support you to get the appropriate help.
What is important is getting the right help at the right time. Being able to differentiate what would be most helpful is part of the assessment process.
What can I expect? Will it make a difference?
Embedded in the therapeutic relationship is the belief that change is possible. Making change happen requires individual change – invariably we are better at noticing what others need to do to change – but change starts with you.
I hold the HOPE and BELIEF that people are able through insight and understanding to make changes – even when some clients had “given up”, thinking counselling to be the last resort – change has happened.