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Frequently Asked Questions


What is counselling?

Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about things that may be causing you anxiety or feelings that are difficult to bear. During your session you can talk to someone neutral who is trained to listen attentively and to help you make sense of things for yourself, without judging you.


Will Counselling work for me?

It has been proven in studies, over and again, that the single most important factor in making counselling effective, is the quality of the relationship between client and counsellor. It is always my genuine intention to offer a good-quality, trusting and therapeutic relationship to each person who comes to see me for counselling.


What happens at my first session?

During your first session we will talk through any problems you may be experiencing, to assist me in establishing the best way for us to work together. This will also give you the opportunity to decide if I may be someone you could feel comfortable enough to share your problems with.

How many sessions do I need?

The number of sessions people may need varies from person to person and depends on your presenting problems and the depth to which you would like to explore these issues. We will discuss this during your initial assessment but 5-6 sessions is usually a good starting point.


How long are the sessions?

Each session lasts 50 minutes and are usually at the same time each week.

Is it confidential?

Yes. I maintain confidentiality within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

Do you offer reduced rates for people on a low income?

I have a small number of spaces available for people on a reduced income; please contact me about my current availability.

Does wanting to see a counsellor mean I am weak?

Often people who come to see me for counselling have been unhappy for some time. They have considered counselling but postponed it because they felt ashamed for needing help. Shame can be a crippling emotion which interferes with work, family and personal relationships. Starting counselling is certainly not a weakness but a courageous, positive first step towards gaining a better understanding of yourself. By meeting with a counsellor, regularly, who is trained to really listen to you and assist you to recognise and change unhelpful, repetitive behaviours that may be holding you back, counselling can help you to have a brighter future with more fulfilment in all areas of your life, something that I really believe we all deserve.

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