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Can I book an Initial Session?
I am happy to have a brief chat at no cost to see how things are for you and what I can help you with.
What are your fees?
The cost per session is £25 for low-cost/students and £40 for full cost. Alternatives may be considered. Payment can be made by BACS payment unless an alternative is agreed upon. Payments covering a block of sessions (e.g., four weeks) can be made in advance but not after they have occurred.
Payment must be made in advance, and invoices are provided.
What is counselling?
That is a good question! Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained professional listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with behavioural, emotional, and psychological issues.
What is Psychodynamic Counselling?
I believe the psychodynamic approach is beneficial because it accounts for our unique histories and how our unconscious processes shape us. Addressing this allows for greater understanding and control over the lives we lead.
Although my background is in psychodynamic practice, I am not wedded to one particular theory, instead believing that different methods and interventions work for different people.
What are your counselling sessions?
Sessions are 50 minutes long for one to one therapy and usually take place weekly. My work is primarily open-ended, which means that sessions are typically booked week by week (unless agreed otherwise) to meet your needs.
What about confidentiality?
Anything discussed during sessions is kept confidential between you and me. All counsellors have a professional and ethical requirement to take their clinical work to supervision, but any discussion remains anonymous at all times.
The only exceptions to this are if I believe there is a risk that you or another person is in serious danger of harm I shall discuss with you taking this up with the appropriate services, (for example GP, social services).
In extreme cases, I may need to do this without discussing it with you first. However, this will always be as a last resort, and ideally, any referral to another agency will be with your full agreement and my support.
Is there anything else I should know?
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), my service is bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice, a copy of which can be obtained from the association by telephone on 01455 883300 or online at www.bacp.co.uk or directly via this URL https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/