Questions you may be consider before deciding to contact me
How long do counselling sessions last?
50 minutes for adults
How often do I attend?
Normally every week or at least fortnightly to begin with. We will review the counselling sessions every 6 weeks to check in on how you are getting along. You can end your counselling sessions any time. It usually helps to have a planned ending where possible.This may be short term or long term work depending on your individual situation. We will talk about this in your first session.
Do I have to talk about the past?
We will talk about the difficulties that you would like to bring to the sessions. It is your choice what you decide to work on. Not always, but usually the past arises in some form or another in the sessions. How we feel about the past and unresolved experiences may be causing you pain or distress.
How will talking help me?
Talking to a professionally trained counsellor is not like having a 'chat' with a friend. We have specific in- depth training on what and how life experiences and relationships affect our mental and emotional health. My approach, is not about fixing you, or changing you. You may choose to change some of your behaviours but first we will work on being comfortable with who you are. That is when we see the long lasting change taking place. The professional relationship I build with you in counselling is significant to enable therapy to be effective. At no time will I be judging you or telling you what to do.
How do I pay?
There are on line payments methods or you can pay by cash each session. Cheques are not accepted. Please visit the Payments section.
How do I know a counsellor is qualified ?
I am a member of the BACP for counsellors and psychotherapists. I am on the BACP counsellor approved register.