Do I need to be referred?
No. Private counselling is an arrangement between you and myself alone. With children and family work I will discuss with you whether it would be helpful to have other professional involvement such as a school.
What can I expect in a session?
A session lasts an hour. Longer sessions might be considered useful and discussed on an individual basis. Weekly sessions are recommended. Between sessions clients might process and think about what was discussed, and at times it might be suggested that you do something specific outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping a journal.
The session itself will include talking and sharing your questions, thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it will also include drawing and writing things down if this feels like a method that suits you. I also work creatively with action techniques such as role play. These will only be used if you are comfortable with them.
What benefits can I expect from working with you?
A number of benefits are often experienced.
How often do I need to come?
This varies in the type of work. Couple and Family sessions are generally shorter term whereas individual sessions tend to be medium to longer term. The length of time will also vary on your issue, and will be discussed with you on an individual basis. Family sessions can also be arranged fortnighly depending on availability and assessing need.
How does therapy work?
We all have times of crisis and difficulty in our lives. Sometimes we are able to consider these times as opportunities for our own growth and development and a chance to move something forward. Therapy introduces difference which is useful in generating change.
Developing a trusting relationship is central to the counselling process. This means that we work together to discover how to take the steps towards change at a pace that is both manageable and effective. I hope that this will leave you feeling listened to, supported and acknowledged - all of which can help you bring about change.
How do I find the right person for me?
Finding the right counsellor or psychotherapist is one of the most important aspects of therapy. Each therapist will have their own way of working even if they have completed the same course! It's ok to spend time looking around, and also questioning your prospective therapist in order to find out if they will be the right person for you. Coming for one or two sessions will help you know if you have found the right person. It is important to find someone who is registered, insured and fully qualified.
What do you charge?
Individual Work: £60 - £45 per hour.
Couple Therapy: £75 - £60 per hour.
Family Therapy: £75 - per hour.