Frequently Asked Questions
Where does it take place?
I work in a discreet and professional building in Stony Stratford which is purpose designed for Counselling and Therapy and I work daytimes and some evenings. occasionally I can work a weekend day.
Can I have telephone, Skype and FaceTime counselling?
In some instances yes. We don't always need to be in the same room for me to offer counselling.
How much does it cost?
At present my fees are £35 for an individual and £45 for a couple. Sometimes I can offer slightly lower fee slots to students or unwaged clients. Please feel free ask me about this, I will say no if it is not possible or/and if slots are already taken.
How long will it take and how often do I/we attend?
The counselling I offer is open ended, always discussed and contracted with you. On average research shows clients attend up to 8 sessions but often some may want to have fewer or carry on for longer, or even to take breaks in counselling. Most clients attend weekly. This seems to the best way to get the most out of your counselling but for some clients that is not always possible. Please ask me about this if you have any more questions.
How will I feel after counselling?
This depends. I often mention that for some people counselling can feel difficult and painful if they are talking about certain issues and they may not leave sessions feeling 'better'. Sometimes things get worse before they can heal. I would advise giving yourself a little space straight after a session. For some however, they may feel lighter, or relieved to have got 'things off their chest'. Client experiences will vary widely.
How do I know it is confidential?
I am follow a code of ethics as a registered member of BACP. If you want to find out more about this go to the BACP website.
When you come for your first session you will be asked to sign a client agreement form which states that I am registered under the Data Protection Act and that I keep session notes which are confidentially securely and password protected. Also, like all professional counsellors I have to work with a Supervisor, which safeguards you, the client and ensures I am working safely and effectively. Otherwise I am bound to confidentially which is, only ever on very rare occasions, broken and then only after discussion with you. These occasions are: If I believe someone is at great risk of harm or death, I hear about acts of serious fraud, or terrorism. I am also bound by the Child Protection Act.