Frequently Asked Questions
What will be expected of me?
Nothing! This is your time and it is about you. You know your reasons for attending counselling and what you want from it. I believe, that as you meet true respect for youself as an individual, healing takes place. Therefore I will not push you to meet my objectives but enable you to identify and meet your own. It may be difficult for you at first to even talk, and I understand that, trust takes time.
Please be assured that what you tell me stays between the two of us, but there are some important exceptions. As a professional counsellor I am required to have monthly supervision which means talking about my casework with a specialist counsellor to check that I am working well with my clients. I protect your identity so that the other counsellor will not know who you are. Sometimes, in very specific circumstances, confidentiality is broken. This is where there is a risk of harm to yourself or others; or where by law I am required to report my knowledge of illegal activity such as terrorism and money laundering.
Length and number of sessions
Each session lasts for 50 minutes and the number of sessions is individual to you and your circumstances. Please ask me for more information.
Frequency of sessions
I work with my clients weekly, but am flexible according to your needs. This gives you time to reflect between sessions without losing the momentum of change. I see my clients during the day; however, weekend appointments are available.
My practice is at my home in the Old Town in Beaconsfield HP9 2LD, where I have free parking available to my clients. Unfortunately I do not have disabled access, but there is an option for me to meet with you in your home if you have mobility issues. Please contact me to discuss.
I can offer a small number of Facetime/Skype/Zoom appointments, please get in touch if this is something which you would be interested in.
Each session costs £50.
Fees may be paid in advance by cash or bank transfer.
Everyone has to start somewhere. At the first session I will try to help you to feel welcome and comfortable and I recognise that you may be nervous and unsure about what is expected.
Usually I send out information before the session about what to expect so that we have as much time as possible to talk about what is bothering you. We’ll take it step-by-step and there will be no pressure on you to tell me anything until you’re ready. Some people just need to talk and that’s fine. Others need more encouragement, and that’s fine too.
Whilst I understand that unexpected events occur, non-attendance at appointments affect both the counselling process and the individuals concerned. It represents a lost opportunity for me to help clients who could have used the appointment. Regretfully I will make a charge for cancelled sessions.
Sometimes counsellors and clients are not suited, perhaps because the client has specialist needs or more appropriate help is available elsewhere. In order to ensure you are looked after properly I may suggest you approach someone else, or with your permission I will contact them on your behalf.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework. If you are at all uncertain about the way we are working together, in the first instance I would appreciate you telling me of your concerns. If you feel unable to do so or we are unable to resolve the issue you may contact BACP who will assist.
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or call / text me on 07800 968681