These answers may be of help to you but feel free to email or call with enquiries
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
For some clients, talking with a trusted counsellor and getting things ‘out in the open’ can help and a few sessions may be enough. For others, complex or deeper issues may require longer sessions. I usually offer six sessions initially and review on the sixth session whether therapy is helping. It is important for the client to have full autonomy and feel in control at all times.
IS COUNSELLING COSTLY?
Counselling is an investment of time and money, so it is important to consider this when thinking about starting therapy. It is very important to find the right counsellor and for this reason, I offer a low cost initial consultation to discuss your goals and needs for therapy. Investing in your mental health and well-being can bring freedom, change, hope and peace.
DO I OFFER INSURANCE COVER?
I am covered with the insurance providers below, so please do ask me about this when you get in touch. You will need to obtain a pre-authorisation code to approve sessions.
AXA - Global Healthcare
Fees and session times can be found here.
WHAT WILL THE FIRST SESSION BE LIKE?
The therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and client is very important so that trust can develop. In the initial session we can discuss your goals for therapy and what has brought you to counselling at this time. I will also ask you to complete a 'basic' form requiring information such as, contact details, your GP, medications, etc. We can then decide whether working together is the 'right fit' and discuss the best way of working therapeutically together.
ARE THE SESSIONS CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes! Counsellors have an ethical responsibility to keep confidentiality and to offer a safe place for the client to share whatever they want too. However, there are some circumstances whereby the counsellor may need to break confidentiality. For example, if the counsellor believes the client to be at risk to themselves or others, if the client is involved in illegal activity such as fraud, money laundering, drug or people trafficking or terrorism. Furthermore, in some jurisdictions there are legal obligations to report domestic violence abuse and safeguarding issues.
WHAT IF I MISS A SESSION?
If you cannot make an appointment for any reason, I ask that you contact me by telephone or email so that we can reschedule. I do require 48 hours notice otherwise full payment will be required.
WHAT ARE CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS?
Using creative interventions can be useful when exploring emotions as it often can bypass the rational part of our brain. Creative interventions will not suit every client, but it can be helpful for some. More information can be found here.