Practical Matters / FAQs

How long is a counselling session? Your counselling session will last for 1 hour for an individual appointment and usually 1.5 hours for a couple/relationship appointment.

How long will I need to come for? Counselling is entirely individual and whilst some people will find a few sessions enough, some may wish to seek longer-term support. I commit to reviewing our work regularly to ensure that counselling remains helpful and you are receiving what you need. Most people prefer to come weekly, but this is something we can discuss.

Can I come just the once? Of course. Single appointments can provide a wonderful opportunity to offload, explore and spend time focusing on you.  And you can always book in for another as or when you feel it might be helpful.

How much does it cost?

Individual clients Appointments cost £50 for one hour.

Young people (with parent/carer funding) Appointments cost £50 for one hour. This includes a six-weekly review with the parent/carer if requested. Please see Young People for further information.

Couples/Relationships Appointments cost £75 for one and a half hours.  Hourly appointments can be considered on an individual basis.

Initial contact I offer an initial telephone call free-of-charge which provides a chance for us to 'meet', explore your expectations and any questions you may have.  These can often be offered at short notice at various times to suits you.

I offera number of reduced fee appointments, so please ask if this is a factor for you.

What happens if I can't make my session? I request that appointments are cancelled with at least 24 hours' notice. I will endeavour to be accommodating to individual circumstances, but I will charge for recurrent no-shows.

How can I pay? Appointment fees can be paid in cash, card or bank transfer at the end of each appointment.

What can I talk about? Anything. You can talk about anything, in confidence. There are occasions when I may need to share this information, for example if I felt there was a risk of serious harm to yourself or someone else, but I will make this clear prior to us starting and will explain the reasons for it.

Is it all confidential? Counselling is confidential, subject to certain limitations. This includes if I feel that you or someone you talk about may be at risk of harm, of if there are any legal implications of the session content. I will explain this in more depth at your initial session.

How do I find out more? Please contact me via this page and I will be happy to answer any further questions.