Frequently Asked Questions
How long do sessions last?
Each session lasts for 50 minutes. It is your responsibility to be on time as delays cannot be made up for at the end of the session.
Will everything I tell you be confidential?
I am bound by the BACP code of ethics to respect your confidentiality and this is of the upmost importance to me. However, there are some necessary qualifiers and legal exceptions. These are:
If I feel that you are at risk of seriously harming yourself or others, it may be necessary to alerts others, such as your GP, of my concerns. When possible, I would always endeavour to discuss disclosure with you beforehand.
Due consideration should be exercised before disclosing anything of a previously unreported criminal nature, as I may be obligated, in compliance with the law, to notify other agencies, particularly when the protection of children and vulnerable adults is a concern. Again I would always endeavour to discuss disclosure to others with you beforehand, and jointly agree a way forward.
Supervision - to ensure I'm working ethically and to a high professional standard I attend regular supervision sessions where I discuss my work with clients. To maintain confidentiality I do not use client names or mention specific details such as your place of work.
How do I know which therapist is right for me?
I encourage you to explore your options and to choose a therapist who you feel is right for you.The BACP provide some key facts which you may find helpful when doing so.
I also offer a free, no obligation, 30 minute phone call where you can ask me any questions you may have, before deciding whether or not to book an initial consultation.
How much will it cost?
My fees are £60 per face-to-face session. Online / telephone sessions are £50, and I also offer reduced rates for students and those on a low income.
Where are you based?
Due to the current circumstances I work either by phone or online via Zoom.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
They are often considered interchangeable. However, in the UK 'counselling' tends to refer to therapy which focuses on present feelings and behaviours, such as 'what can I do to change and feel better?'. 'Psychotherapy' is more likely to be used when you are asking 'who am I, how did I become this person, and who do I want to be?'. It tends to be longer-term and more complex.
How long will I need therapy for?
There is no set answer to this question. It depends on what issues you bring and how you deal with them. We can discuss in our first session, whether you would like to focus on shorter (around 10-20 sessions) or longer-term. In longer-term therapy we would build in regular reviews. There is no obligation to stay in therapy, you are always welcome to leave whenever you choose to.