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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is your counselling service confidential?

Yes definitely. Confidentiality is of the upmost importance. However, there are certain legal and ethical exceptions outlined in the BACP Code of Ethics. These have to do with putting yourself or others in danger and in which case it may be necessary to seek outside help. No action would be taken, without me discussing it with you in detail first and these exceptions are extremely rare.

How often would I come to counselling?

I usually see clients for one 50 minute session a week or we can tailor a programme to suit your individual needs.

How many sessions will I need?

This varies greatly depending on the issues you are bringing. If you would like to focus on a particular issue or are experiencing a current problem, you may only need a few sessions. I see other people on an open-ended basis, this could be a year or longer. Don’t worry if you’re not sure how many sessions you will need, we will talk this through at the start of your counselling and work out the best way forward.

Is counselling right for me?

Our initial session is an opportunity to explore this. It will be a chance for you to tell me all about yourself and think about what your hopes for counselling are. You will be able to find out what kind of therapy I offer and how we will work together.

How will I know if you’re properly qualified?

I am a fully qualified psychodynamic therapist and counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

This means that my qualifications and fitness to practice have been checked and approved by an independent professional body. I also have a clean, current DBS police check and professional liability insurance with Towergate Insurance Company

What fitness level do I need for Therapy while walking

Therapy whilst walking, the focus is on talking therapy not fitness. However, it is your responsibility to make sure you have a good enough level of fitness to walk at an easy pace and talk. If this is something you are interested in we would discuss it in detail during an indoor session first.

What is psychodynamic counselling?

Psychodynamic counselling aims to go further than relieving symptoms, by tackling the root cause. It is one-to-one work with the client’s situation and problems at the heart of the conversation. There is no homework and no worksheets to complete.

Psychodynamic theory is based on the idea that feelings and memories that are too painful or difficult to face, are pushed into the unconscious part of our mind. These feelings and memories don’t go away but can leak out and effect our how we live our everyday lives and interfere with how we relate to others. This can result in us repeating the same mistakes and unhelpful behaviour without realising it.

Self-reflection and self-examination are important features of psychodynamic counselling. The relationship between client and counsellor is key to successful counselling and may be used as a window into how you relate to relationships in your life.

The psychodynamic counsellor is highly skilled in different techniques that help to unravel your past and help you to make sense of it in terms of what’s going on for you now.

Psychodynamic counselling is an opportunity to understand the forces at work that get in the way of leading a more satisfying and fulfilling life.

How much does it cost?

Initial and ongoing sessions cost £45 for 50 minutes

What happens if I miss a session?

Please let me know as soon as possible if you cannot make one of our sessions. Any session cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will be charged in full unless there are extenuating circumstances which we both agree on.

How do I get started?

You can phone or email with your name, contact details and a brief message.

All messages left are completely confidential and will only be seen by me.

I will reply to you within 48 hours to answer any questions or queries you may have. We can then go ahead and book an initial session. There is no obligation to commit to further sessions.

“She took a step and didn’t want to take any more, but she did.”

Markus Zusak

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COVID-19 UPDATE: I am pleased that I am able to return to meeting with my clients face to face, taking all covid-19 safety measures.  For those people not yet able or ready to meet to face to face, I continue to offer online, phone therapy or therapy while walking. Please let me know your preference at the time of booking.