Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in the initial consultation?
I offer a free, online, 20 minute consultation. We'll book this at a time that works for you and I will send you a Zoom link. These 20 minutes are a chance for us to discuss what brings you to counselling and decide whether we think we might be a good fit and whether you would like to work with me. The most important thing when seeking a counsellor is to find someone that you feel that you can 'gel' with, so if that's not me then that's fine - there's no pressure or obligation.
What is a counselling like?
Counselling takes place in person, in my cosy city centre therapy room, or online over Zoom. Each session lasts for 50 minutes and I will keep and eye on the time and let you know when there are about 5 or 10 minutes left, so that the end doesn't come as a shock.
In our first session we'll discuss your goals in therapy - these might be specific (like talking about a specific worry or event that's been on your mind) or might be more open-ended (such as having 50 minutes per week just for you to explore whatever comes up).
Don't worry if you're not sure what to talk about - I'm trained to listen and ask questions in a way that helps people to open up and explore whatever's on their mind. You don't have to plan your sessions (although some people do like to think about what they'd like to discuss beforehand and this is also absolutely fine).
We'll review how you feel counselling is going regularly, but in a relaxed way that helps to inform how we continue to work together.
Each client is individual and has individual preferences - as an integrative therapist, I might suggest ideas or invite you to try things but will always take your preferences into account and respect your wishes and opinions if an approach, strategy or theory doesn't sit well with you.
Do you work with people overseas?
At the moment, I only work with clients who are based in the UK. This applies to both in person and online counselling.
How much does counselling cost?
I offer a sliding scale between £40 and £60 (£50 - £60 for sessions that begin after 5.30 or occur at weekends). Please pay whatever feels fair and affordable to you in your personal circumstances, within the sliding scale range. Payment is due before each session starts, via bank transfer.