It can be hard to know where to start the process of counselling as an individual. Maybe you don’t know yet whether counselling is the right way forward for you at this time.
Sometimes a brief phone chat can help answer some initial questions that you may have and we can arrange an initial appointment.
The process begins with an initial meeting in which we can consider what you would like to get out of therapy and how we might work together.
We will explore what brings you to therapy and I will ask questions about you. You will have the opportunity to clarify any questions or concerns you may have about the process of therapy and my approach. If we both feel that therapy will be beneficial we will proceed to agree our regular meeting time and the fee.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and usually take place weekly, sometimes twice-weekly. You reserve a regular session day and time and it remains yours for as long as we work together.
Cancelled sessions must be paid for. Whenever possible I will aim to provide an alternative appointment time at no extra cost.
Short-term or Open-ended therapy
Open ended work is wide-ranging offering the possibility of in-depth exploration. Short-term work can be helpful in addressing a specific, episodic problem as the limited time frame can provide focus.
Time-limited work has an agreed end. In open ended therapy you will likely notice a difference at some point how you were when you started and perhaps you feel ready to commence on your own. This might be the time to think about ending therapy, which usually takes place over a period of 6 weeks.
Everything you present is confidential within the terms of the BACP Code of Ethics.