How much are counselling sessions and what methods of payment do you accept?
Initial counselling sessions are charged at £20, and after that sessions are £50 each. I accept payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
Where do you see your clients?
I work from my counselling room at my home in Culvert Lane, Uxbridge, which has free parking in the road outside (there are no parking restrictions). The location is about 20 minutes’ walk from Uxbridge Underground Station.
How long are counselling sessions and how often are they?
Sessions last for 50 minutes, and I usually see people on a weekly basis, often at the same time each week. However both the frequency and appointment times may be varied depending on what works best.
What times and days can you see people for counselling?
I can offer a range of appointment times during the day and evenings Monday-Friday – please contact me on 07900 257150 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss making an appointment.
How long should I have counselling for?
How much counselling you might need depends on what you are hoping to get from it and what your difficulties are. Short term work – for instance 4-6 sessions or fewer – may be most helpful for specific issues or an immediate crisis, while those who wish to explore their difficulties in more depth, or who seek change at a deeper level, would spend longer in therapy. I will take the lead from you about which issues you would like to focus on and what you are hoping to gain, and we can discuss how long this is likely to take. When you are ready to finish therapy, it is helpful to use a final session to review our work, to look at what we may have achieved and to tie up any loose ends.
How do I know if you are the right counsellor for me?
At our initial session we can talk about what you are hoping to get from your therapy and you can decide if I seem like the right therapist for you. Our initial meeting will give you a chance to ask questions and get an idea what counselling with me would be like. It is important you feel comfortable enough to share your personal difficulties with your therapist and that you have a sense that they can help you – I always welcome questions and comments about what I am saying in order to help people find this out during the initial session, as well as during ongoing sessions. This is part of the reason I have a reduced-fee initial session with each client, costing £20, as this gives us a chance to find these things out, and should the very rare occasion arise when I feel someone else might be better placed to help you, for me to point you in right direction.
What if I have mobility difficulties/identify as having a disability?
If you have mobility difficulties or a disability I would be happy to discuss in advance any particular needs, concerns, issues or questions you might have. My therapy room is on the ground floor with a single step to access the building, and a single step to access the toilet which is also on the ground floor.
What does the ‘Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling’ named in your qualification mean?
This means using a range of psychological theories and research findings to help find the best approach to helping you with your difficulties. ‘Integrative’ means using different approaches together – often finding common ground about human problems between different perspectives – and ‘psychodynamic’ means looking at how childhood experiences may impact on someone’s present difficulties including in ways of feeling, thinking and being in relationships. I try to take into account all aspects of who you are and the issues which are affecting you, including your social, cultural and ethnic background where relevant.
What is your cancellation policy?
I ask for 48 hours notice if you need to cancel a session, although if I am able to rearrange it within the same week I will be pleased to do so.
What if I have a query, concern,comment or complaint?
I actively encourage clients to give me feedback about the work we are doing and the service I am providing, and to let me know if they have any queries or concerns so we can discuss the issue together. I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and for more information about this and about professional conduct and the organisations’s complaints procedure please go to www.bacp.co.uk/prof_conduct/