Am I committed after I attend the first session?
The first session is not a commitment to start therapy. Rather, it is an opportunity to explore what is troubling you and to decide whether you want to commit to regular weekly sessions. During the consultation, I will have a chance to assess the nature of your difficulties, explore any concerns you may have and answer questions.
How do I know if my therapist is properly qualified?At the moment the law does not prevent individuals from calling themselves counsellors or psychotherapists and sometimes people set up practice with little or no training. I am an accredited member of the BACP (www.bacp.co.uk) and the UKAHPP (www.ahpb.org.uk) as well as being a registered member of the UKRC. These regulating bodies have a rigorous training criteria and a binding code of ethics/professional conduct.
Do you offer counselling sessions over the phone?I work primarily face to face but where there is an established counselling relationship I will offer phone sessions if the client is travelling for business or away from home and cannot attend their session.
Do you have appointments available early morning or after work?Yes, these slots get snapped up quickly but I am usually able to accomodate most client's schedules. My hours are 9:00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday.
How many sessions do I need?
Each client who comes for therapy requires an individual approach to assessment and treatment.
Some may benefit from a focused, short-term counselling similar to coaching or consultation. This sort of relationship typically occurs once weekly and may last approximately 6 sessions. Some clients return to therapy as needed.
Others benefit from a more thorough exploration of personal issues in order to truly capture and address the complexity of the issues. Clients are typically seen once a week (sometimes twice where appropriate) and usually come for counselling anywhere from 6 sessions upwards.