I understand that you may have many queries, questions and anxieties about starting counselling

What is the difference between counselling & psychotherapy?

This is a good question. In short, they often refer to the same thing and the terms are used interchangeably. Sometimes counselling can be viewed as being more short-term and focusing on specific issues and psychotherapy as being more in-depth, focusing on a broader range of issues over a longer period. But really there is little difference at all and different therapists use different terms. The main thing is that you find the right therapist for you as research shows that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is key for successful outcomes and positive change.

How many sessions will I need?

This is something a lot of people ask and it is a difficult one to answer. Everyone is different and everyone's needs are different so therapy will be tailored to meet each person's unique circumstances - and that includes the number of sessions. Keep in mind that once you start sessions, sometimes new issues and angles can arise you were not previously aware of that you may want to explore. Of course it is also possible to see improvements and positive change faster than you expected.

Do I pay for my sessions in one go?

No. You just pay for each session as you attend on the day (by cash or bank transfer)

Can I withdraw from counselling if I want to?

Yes of course. By coming for the Initial Assessment or even starting counselling, you are not obligating yourself. You have the choice to stop at any time.

What if I need to cancel a session?

That is fine, but please let me have 24 hours' notice if you can. My cancellation policy is that should a session be missed and I have not heard from you by the time of the session then the full session fee will need to be paid.

Can I choose the way I access my therapy? (Zoom/telephone/face to face)

Yes absolutely. I offer face to face sessions (premises have been subject to a Covid Risk Assessment), as well as offering telephone counselling and online counselling via Zoom.