What Happens Next?

Initial Consultation


If you’ve never had counselling or psychotherapy before, the prospect of seeing a therapist for the first time may be daunting. Meeting for an initial consultation session will give us the chance to get to know each other better,
help us both decide whether I am the best counsellor for you and give you a better idea of what counselling actually involves. This first session also gives you an opportunity to let me know what’s troubling you so that we can both get a better idea of whether counselling may be helpful. I will probably need to ask a few questions about your personal history, relationships, emotional health and generally what’s going on in your life but this will be a very relaxed and informal conversation. This is also a chance for you to ask questions or share any anxieties about counselling that you may have and for us to discuss together what you may hope to get from counselling and to consider whether brief or longer-term therapy would best suit you and your situation.
If we do choose to work together we will generally then agree to meet weekly, at the same time and place for a minimum of 6 weeks with the option to extend our contract should we both feel it appropriate and helpful.

Terms


As a member of the
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. All sessions including consultation are strictly confidential.
I will only break confidentiality in exceptional circumstances, for example if I felt you, or others may be at serious risk of harm. Before breaking confidentiality I would always do my best to discuss the matter fully with you first. 

Fees


My fees begin at £40 for a 50 minute session. 
I offer a limited number of reduced rate places for exceptional circumstances which I am happy to discuss with you at our first meeting. 

Fees for missed sessions will generally be charged unless 24 hours notice is given.