Frequently Asked Questions
Can counselling help me?
The answer is yes as studies show that people, on average, feel and function better after they had therapy. There is evidence that suggests that the most importanct factors in getting better is your willingness to make changes in your life and a counsellor whom you trust. You’ve already fulfilled the factor of wanting to move forward.
What is counselling and therapy?
Counselling is a talking therapy. It provides a safe and confidential space in which you can explore your feelings, thoughts and experiences. I will not give you advice or solutions but support you in developing a better understanding of yourself. You will find ways to make changes and lead a more satisfying life.
Will counselling fix me?
My belief is that you are not broken but live the best way you can at any given moment. As a human being you have the potential for growth. However, our ability to thrive might be hindered by conditions and experiences, resulting for example in anxiety and low self-worth. Therefore I believe that you do not need fixing, though it might feel that way to you. In an accepting and warm environment you can become more accepting of yourself and discover and develop your abilities and strength. Initially counselling can be a challenging and difficult experience. It can take some time until you become aware of changes in your life and your perception of yourself.
How do I know if you are the right counsellor for me?
In an initial telephone conversation and the first session we will explore if we think we might work well together. It gives you the opportunity to experience my way of working and if you think you will be comfortable with me. For me it is an opportunity to assess if I feel well placed to work with the issues you are bringing. We will do regular reviews of our therapy relationship in which you can explore if you are getting what you need from our sessions. The first review will be in our sixth session.
Is counselling confidential?
What we talk about in our sessions is confidential. However, if I am concerned about harm to others or yourself, I might be obliged to disclose information. I will seek to do this with your consent. There are also some issues were I am legally obliged to break confidentiality, such as money laundering, drug trafficking and terrorism.
I do have regular supervision and peer supervision as required by the BACP Ethical Framework. This is for my professional integrity and development and therefor supports me in giving you a good service. Your identity will not be disclosed.
How many sessions will I need and how long is a session?
How many sessions you need depends on what you want to achieve and when you feel you have achieved it. You might only need a few sessions or you may want a longer-term process. I offer open ended counselling as well as a an agreed time period. A weekly session is 50 minutes long.
How much does a counselling session cost?
Counselling fees in London vary between £50 to £70. My hourly rate is £65, unless agreed differently. Payment is in advance by direct bank transfer or cash. If you are unable to attend I request 48 hours’ notice.