Frequently asked questions
What are your qualifications?
I hold the following qualifications: First Class BSc Hons in Person Centred Counselling, Diploma in Life Coaching, Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Diploma in Mindfulness, Diploma in Counselling children and adolescents, Certificate in Education.
I have extensive continuous professional development training in
Understanding Stress and Anxiety, Understanding Depression, Developing Emotional Resilience, Mental Health Awareness, Working with Grief and Loss, Understanding Suicide and Self-Harm, Domestic Abuse, Self Esteem and Confidence, Alcohol and substance abuse, Anger management, Assertiveness training, Parentalk- The Teenage years, Prevent training. British Values, Safeguarding, CEOP training.
How much does it cost?
Counselling £45.00 per session
Life Coaching £65.00 per session
Training sessions - prices vary depending on length/type of workshop
Do you offer online counselling?
I offer counselling via email, phone or video calling (Zoom). The cost is £45.00 and payments will be made through bank transfer or PayPal before the start of the session.
Do I need a referral to come and see you
No - the most usual route to get counselling is self-referral, where you contact me directly and we agree to meet and discuss what you feel you need. However, I also take referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes.
What’s the difference between talking to a friend and talking to you?
Although I often encourage clients to use their family and friends for support there are some disadvantages to this. Friends and family could feel a conflict of loyalty and find it hard to keep things confidential. They may become upset themselves by what you are telling them and could become upset if you don’t accept their advice. The training I have means that I have a formal support and a work structure which helps me to deal with upsetting and difficult situations; friends may begin to feel overburdened, especially if they have their own problems too.
Who do you work with?
I work with men, women and teenagers of all backgrounds and sexualities.
What can I expect at my first session?
This will be an opportunity for us to get a sense of each other. It will also be a chance for us to gather some detailed information on your background and what has brought you for counselling/coaching. You will need to commit to a session, usually weekly or fortnightly at a time that suits both, and be prepared to talk about yourself. The purpose of the session is for you to be curious and to understand yourself better.
How long is a session?
Sessions last around 50 minutes for individuals.
How long will Counselling/Coaching last?
There is not a typical time – this will depend on what you bring, what you would like to work on and in what depth. We will decide between us how long we think your sessions will last.
Why go privately for counselling?
NHS counselling through Doctors surgeries is often time-limited and you may have to wait a long time to see someone. Usually counselling is not offered on a weekly basis and you are unlikely to have much choice about who you see, when you see them, or the approach they offer.
Do you contract with your clients?
Yes. The contract covers issues such as confidentiality, cancellation policy, etc. If we are both happy to continue after the first session we will ask you to sign the Contract. We have found that a Contract helps clients feel safe and happy to work with me. A copy of a contract is available here. If you are a parent a copy of the consent form can be found on this website.