Frequently Asked Questions
What's the first step?
Please make contact with me by phone or email. We can arrange a free initial phone call so that we can get a feel for each other, and you can give me a brief outline of what has led you to consider counselling and ask any questions you have about the process. This will take about 15-20 minutes.
What happens next?
We'll arrange to meet for an assessment meeting. I know that this is a huge step and can be scary. This meeting will give us both a chance to get to know each other and for you to talk in a bit more detail about what has led you to counselling. I will take some personal details and background from you. We can then discuss how counselling will work and what you hope to get from it. We will work together to ensure that the counselling is working for you.
How frequent are sessions and how long do they last?
Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes. It's difficult to say how long the sessions will continue - some clients are able to work through their concerns in 6-8 weeks, others require a longer timeframe. Although the work will be open ended we will review progress every six weeks or so to see if the counselling is meeting your needs.
Is counselling confidential?
Yes it is. Confidentiality is an important part of the counselling process. There are some exceptions, generally around your safety and to ensure I give you the best service. I will talk to you about these as part of the assessment process.
How much does it cost?
If you see me in the City of London the charge is £75 per session. If you see me in Brentwood the charge is £55 per session. Sessions must be paid for in advance.