The process

In an initial, no-obligation talk, we can discuss your needs and expectations of counselling and deal with any questions, before making any decisions. We can do this by phone, email, or skype, whichever you prefer.

Our first counselling session will be at an introductory fee (*below), so that we can meet and you can feel how the process works: then you can decide for yourself whether or not you want to continue. There is never any obligation to carry on after your first session. You will always be free to choose the number of times you want to meet, or to end at any time.

If you decide to continue, we will arrange a regular day and time to meet. Counselling sessions are usually weekly, on the same day, at the same time and last for 50 minutes. It will almost always be possible, given enough notice, to re-arrange your time to another available space if needed. 

Most people might expect to attend between 6 and 12 sessions. Three sessions are usually enough to at least be sure whether the process feels worthwhile and for many, to make some progress towards meeting goals. We can arrange time limited, short term therapy - typically 6 sessions - or engage in longer term work and meet for as many times as you feel are necessary.

Each counselling session costs £45: *first session introductory fee, £25.
School (post-year 11)/FE/HE students are entitled to a rate of £25 per session.
Some lower fee places are available for those with low/no earnings.

If you need to cancel or re-arrange, you can do so at least 24 hours beforehand at no charge. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will incur a reduced fee, to cover working costs.

Your rights as a client are protected within the terms of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, produced by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which guides the counselling work of all BACP members (myself included). The framework emphasises working to benefit clients through a clear and explicit, jointly agreed contract, which stresses working confidentially in particular.

To view the ethical framework and/or for any background to counselling/therapy, you might find it useful to visit the BACP website.