Counselling with me


Is counselling right for you?

Counselling can be many things to different people. Some people seek help for relationship difficulties, anxiety or depression, and are able to learn creative strategies for coping better. Others find these early sessions grow from looking at the initial issue into a longer and deeper enquiry. In this process they discover new aspects of themselves that had previously been hidden, and uncover a greater meaning to their lives. Bringing together all parts of the life story into a narrative that finally 'makes sense' can be very healing. Each of us has a unique story to tell.


How much does a session cost?

I charge 40 for a one-hour session of individual 1:1 counselling. A one-hour relationship counselling session costs £45. I have a limited number of low-income spaces available at a reduced fee. Please contact me to discuss this further.


"I understand that finding the right counsellor may feel daunting so I offer a free 30 minute session in which you can ask questions and get a sense of who I am and how I work. We can then decide together if counselling with me is the right option for you at this time."


How long does counselling take?

There is no set number of sessions, counselling can be as long or as short a journey as you feel ready to take. In the first session I will spend time exploring what you are hoping to gain from counselling, and in later sessions we will review how it is going so that we can see how your counselling experience is meeting your needs and expectations. I will support you in deciding when you are ready to end counselling, and at that point we can use the last session to bring our therapeutic work to a clear ending.


How often are the sessions?

Sessions are usually weekly. Being able to meet once a week provides a sense of flow and continuity, it allows for trust and safety to develop between the client and counsellor, and also creates an inner momentum of awareness and insight.


What if I miss a session?

I ask clients to give me as much notice as possible if they are unable to make their session. If you need to cancel your session with less than 24 hours' notice, I will charge 50% of the usual fee. Equally, if I have to cancel a session, I will contact you as soon as I possibly can.


Further information

For more information on how counselling works, and what to expect from your counsellor, click on these links:

http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/what-is-therapy

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/what-is-counselling.html

For more general information on Gestalt therapy please click here:

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/gestalt-therapy.html