People often ask me what therapy with me will be like and what to expect, so I have answered some common questions here:
How can I book a session with you?
Please click on the email link above to send me an email with a brief reason why you would like to have therapy.
I will reply as soon as I can and we will arrange a time that we can have an informal chat on the phone.
I will give you a call at the agreed time.
I will ask you some questions just to make sure I am the right therapist for you.
Then we will book the first session in our diaries and take it from there.
How much do you charge?
£55 per 60 minute therapy session
Do you offer an introductory session?
I offer a free initial telephone appointment and this is to see: what you would like from therapy, if I can help you, if therapy is right for you, and you ask me any questions you might have.
I know how scary it is to make that first call. Please don’t worry as this is a very informal chat. I’ll make sure it’s not scary.
What if I need to miss a session?
You can let me know during a session or by phone or email. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, so if a session is cancelled by a client with less that 24 hours notice then half the session fee would be payable.
What payment methods do you accept?
You can pay by bank transfer.
How many sessions will I need?
It’s hard to say. I can usually help my clients get good results in just a few sessions. Some people only need a few sessions and some people come for a few months. We can review our work every few weeks to see how things are going and to make sure you are still getting what you need from therapy.
Is what I tell you kept confidential?
Yes because confidentiality is very important during therapy and anything you tell me will be kept confidential. There are a few exceptions to this which would be if a client tells me that they or someone else is at risk of significant harm, or if I have a legal obligation to. I will explain this further during our first initial session. I have regular supervision and I may discuss our sessions with them and this is to ensure you are getting the most effective counselling I can offer. I do not tell my supervisor any of my clients names, so your identity will be kept confidential.
What can I expect in the first session?
I only see clients online using zoom so our sessions will be on zoom. I will send you an email each week with the zoom link to join the session.
I will know that you are feeling nervous and I will do my best to reassure you and help to feel relaxed.
We begin by discussing the reasons you feel you would like therapy and what you would like to work on. You may not know what you want or need and that’s ok, we can explore that and take it one step at a time.
I understand that making contact with a therapist and meeting me for the first time can feel scary. You might not know what to say or how to explain what’s going on for you. Please don’t worry. Our first meeting will be very informal and I will be able to help you get to the bottom of what’s troubling you.
What qualifications and credentials do you have?
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am also a member of Psychology Today.
Certificate in Telephone and Text Helpline Support for Child and Adult Survivors of Sexual Violation
Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy
Transactional Analysis TA 101
Counselling Skills Level 3
Counselling Skills Level 2
NVQ Level 3 Care
What training and experience do you have?
For my therapy training I worked with clients with drug and alcohol addiction for two years. Other areas I have experience of working with are: anxiety, carer support, confidence building, dementia, depression, family issues, loss, low self esteem, panic attacks, passive aggressive behaviours, postnatal depression, PTSD, relationships, shame, stress, suicidal thoughts, toxic shame, trauma, C-PTSD.
As well I my private practice work, I also see clients for a charity for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. I also volunteered on their helpline service for 4 years.
Before my therapy work I worked in elderly care including dementia and end of life cancer care for many years.