New clients receive an initial assessment before proceeding. This appointment is for about an hour to allow you to talk about what brings you to counselling. It is an opportunity to think about your difficulties and consider what support will be most helpful for you.
During the assessment I will ask you some questions which are an opportunity for me gain an insight into your world and gain of idea of what pathway we will need to follow.
Counselling is a two-way process and so the initial assessment is also an opportunity for you to get to know me and decide if I am the right counsellor for you to work with.
If we both decide that counselling together would benefit you, your child or teenager, we would then set up a contact outlining the details of how we will work together. This will include things such as day and time of counselling, confidentiality, fees etc.
If I am working with a child or teenager I will meet with them and try to gain an insight into the situation or issue from their perspective.
How does the Assessment much cost?
The initial consultation costs £50 and last for around 60 minutes.
Fees for ongoing sessions
Fees for adults, teenagers and children are £50 for 50 minutes
What happens if I am late or have to cancel my session?
It is important to arrive promptly as even if you arrive late we will still need to finish at the set time. If you are unable to attend your session, the cancellation policy is that you inform me 24 hours prior to the session.
How long will therapy take?
The time spans for therapy can vary greatly, depending on what your therapeutic goals are and on what you bring to sessions.
Are the sessions confidential?
Appointments and the contents of sessions are confidential. Confidentiality is an essential ingredient within the therapeutic relationship and is also an ethical requirement. This will be discussed further in the initial consultation.
If at any time that I think there may be a significant risk of my clients that I am working with harming themselves or someone I will myself or the client / guardian will need to talk to their GP. Obviously this will be discussed before hand.