If you have a question about my practice, please take a look at the frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered below, please do not hesitate to contact me.
What is the purpose of the free initial telephone consultation?
The initial telephone consultation allows me to get an overview of the difficulties that you are currently experiencing. I will ask some questions to better understand the main presenting difficulties. If it seems that I can help, then we will discuss whether you would like to attend for a course of therapy.
How quickly can I be seen?
I aim to see clients for an initial assessment within 7 days.
Do you work with Children?
No, I only work with 18+
What happens on our first session?
The first time I will carry out an initial assessment, which is more in depth than this initial consultation. This will allow me to gather information in order to think through with you, the presenting difficulties and outline what you hope to gain achieve or overcome.
How regularly should the sessions take place?
Typically, I see clients once-a-week for a minimum of 6-8 weeks. However, this is flexible and can change in line with your needs. We will constantly review this throughout the sessions, to achieve the best outcome for you.
Should I have long term or short term counselling?
This is entirely up to you and it will be something that we will discuss in the initial consultation. Sometimes 6-8 sessions can be very beneficial to help you through a current crisis.
Long term counselling can help you explore your problems in depth and help you understand how they originated and support you during the exploration of this.
Is everything I say confidential?
Confidentiality is a key aspect of the therapeutic relationship. Due to my duty of care, the only event that I may break confidentiality is where I am concerned that you are at risk to yourself or to others or from others.
In this case, I will speak to you before I take any further action and only in cases of an imminent threat might I make this decision without consulting you first.
Are You Professionally Regulated?
I am a member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am bound by their ethical framework.
Who should I speak to in case of an emergency?
In the event of an emergency, where you are at risk to yourself or others or from others, call 999 or go to your local Accident and Emergency Department.