There are a few questions that people tend to ask me when we first make contact:

Q: Will what I say be confidential?

A: In the main, yes. I might talk about what happens in our work together be in my supervision.  That said, I would not identify you.  Being in regular supervision is a requirement by my professional body the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). If I learned during our sessions that you were about to harm another, I would break confidentiality.  This would not be done without informing you.  

To ensure your confidentiality with respect to any information I keep about you, e.g. notes of our sessions and contact details, I adhere to the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), which was updated on 25th May 2018, under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulations. (GDPR)  I am registered as a controller of sensitive date under the DPA and adhere to its recommendation for storing sensitive data.  Accordingly, I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) Registration number A8269595

Q: How long is a session?

A: 1 hour

Q: Would I need to attend every week and for how long?

A: It would be up to you to decide if you attend every week, and also it would be you who decides how long you need to be working with me.  This is an arrangement that we would negotiate together.

Q: How much would you charge?

A: My fee is £42 per hour for counselling and £45 per hour for supervision.  I offer a limited number of concessions for those who might find it difficult to afford these fees.  I would need 24-hour’s notice if your need to cancel your session and you would be expected to pay if this notice was not provided. You can pay either by cash, cheque or bank transfer.  If our arrangement was to work together over the ‘phone or through email then you could use a bank transfer or Paypal.

Q: What would happen when we first meet?

A: We would discuss together if what I can offer you is what you need.  This would include telling you about the way you and I might work together and to hear from you what you might expect from me.  There would be no charge for this session.

Q: How do I know that you work ethically and professionally?

A: I am a registered, accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists is a public record of therapists who have met their standards for registration. These standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a commitment to their Ethical Framework.