How long are the sessions?
Do I need a doctor’s referral letter to attend?
Do I have to attend every week?
Appointments are usually weekly initially, but you can change the frequency to fortnightly, monthly, etc. to suit your progress and time/financial restraints - for you to get the best out of counselling, regular attendance is recommended and essential for steady progress, therefore if at all possible, it is important that you attend all your appointments as arranged.
Who decides on the appointment day and time?
At the initial session or as required your appointment day and time are mutually agreed to suit your own personal timetable with regards to work, college, or other commitments. It is important to be punctual for your appointment. Sessions start on the hour and usually finish at ten to the hour to allow time for change of client. Therefore, in the interest of privacy for both you and the previous client, arriving on time and on the hour is best for all.
Can I cancel or change my regular appointment?
Can I just drop-in?
What issues do you work with?
I am experienced in helping adults with a wide variety of issues, including, but not limited to: Abuse, Addiction(s), Anger Management, Anxiety, Asperger Syndrome, Bereavement & Loss, Childhood Related Issues, Couple Counselling, Depression, General Counselling, Health Related Issues, Life Changing Events, Life Coaching, Men’s Issues, Mental Health Issues, OCD, Personal Development, Post-Traumatic Stress, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Harm, Sex Related Issues, Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work Related Issues. I counsel individuals one-to-one and I counsel couples.
What type of counsellor are you?
Whilst I take an eclectic approach, I am fundamentally a person-centred counsellor. Which means I integrate many different approaches and techniques depending on the client’s needs at the time. These approaches can include: Behavioural, Brief Therapy, CBT, Choice Theory, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person Centred, Reality Therapy, REBT, Relational, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Time-Limited. I counsel individuals one-to-one and I counsel couples.
How much do you charge?
Why should I go to you?
I will provide you with a safe, confidential place to talk about the things that are troubling or confusing you. I will listen to you, empathise with you, and support you. I will not advise, judge, diagnose, or in any way dis-empower you from finding your own solutions. From time-to-time I will provide some theoretical insight. Hopefully, through our working together, you will find a way to change what is possible and/or accept better that which you cannot change. Hopefully, by our working together, you will find your way to better live your life.
How long does therapy last?
It is recommended that you attend a further 6 sessions after your initial session to really give therapy a chance to succeed in helping you with your issues. After this time a review of progress will take place where you can re-evaluate your position and decide if there is still a need for you to continue therapy. The decision will always be yours to make.