The sessions are 50 minutes long and most people have one session a week. The time for your appointment is agreed at the first session and is the same for each week.
Each 50 minute session is £40, concessions are available, the fee is for the appointment and so there is no difference between therapy and counselling.
Unlike other interventions, there is no prescribed length of time for counselling. At the end of the first session we would agree an initial period of consultation, after which we would review and plan the way ahead together.
We will have agreed breaks, the sessions are reserved for you so unscheduled missed appointments will need to be paid for at the usual fee. Arriving late will not change the end time of the session.
Yes, the sessions are confidential, so what you say in the sessions will remain between the two of us, unless you choose to share what has been said. There are some ethical exceptions which we will discuss at the first session.
It is quite normal to come to a session with nothing to say. Because of the way that counselling is interested in the things that we are not conscious of thinking and believing, the times that people come with nothing to say can be very productive. The important thing is that you keep the appointment and allow the opportunity to think together.
We cannot go through life liking everyone, in our first session we have the opportunity to see if we can work together, and at the end of the session we can decide whether to continue to work together. In subsequent sessions strong feelings may be invoked, and we can spend some time thinking about them.
One of the great things about counselling and psychotherapy is that it is all about you, a whole session just for you, bringing someone along would detract from this. A third person, be it friend or family, child or adult, even a pet, would fundamentally change the session. For this reason sessions are for just you and the counsellor.
There are extra-ordinary circumstances in which this could be adapted, if you feel this may apply please ask, but as a rule just the client and counsellor are in the room.
I do not, at present, offer couples counselling, sorry.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, this means that I abide by the BACP’s code of ethics and subscribe to the ideals of the organisation.
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice which followed on from the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Oxford. As part of my training and subsequently I have worked with patients and clients who have a variety of presenting problems
Prior to obtaining those qualifications I worked with severely emotionally damaged children, “Most have suffered a severe trauma in the early years of their lives, through emotional, physical, sexual abuse, and/or neglect.” (Mulberry Bush School, 2015), as a therapeutic worker. This work involved helping children to understand their own behaviour and supporting colleagues that I supervised to understand and process the emotional impact of the work.
I have also worked as an outreach researcher on the SUCCESS project helping local schools to understand troubled and vulnerable children differently, part of the work was supporting education staff to unravel the emotional impact of working with challenging behaviour in mainstream settings.