FAQ about counselling

What is counselling and how does it work?
The counsellor/client relationship in therapy is unique; it is supportive; non-judgemental; and empathic.  In offering these qualities in the therapy session, the client is able to talk about difficult issues which trouble them and enable them to explore their lives in the safe environment of the counselling room.  Although we are not able to change the events that have happened in the past, it is possible to find productive ways of responding that are helpful.
How many sessions of counselling will I need?
The length of time counselling takes is hard to predict as each individual’s circumstances are different.
How long does a session last?
A counselling session will last 60 minutes.  Please arrive at your appointment time, as I do not have a waiting room.
Will you be able to help me?
On my home page I list some examples of problems people face but there are many more issues that counselling can help with.  Please get in touch if you are unsure – see my contacts page for details.
How much does a counselling session cost?
I charge £35 for per counselling session for an individual, £40 for a couple.  I keep the cost as low as possible to enable counselling to be more accessible.
Cost for EAP on request.
Is counselling confidential
Counselling is confidential in lines with the BACP’s Ethical Framework.  I am an Accredited member of BACP and abide by their ethical framework.
How do I arrange an appointment?
Phone, text or email me.   If you phone and I am unable to answer, leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  See the contacts page for details.  An appointment can be arranged within a week if you are available during the day.  Evening appointments may have a longer waiting time.  It is helpful to let me know your availability when requesting an appointment.
What if I am unsure about going ahead with counselling?
Feel free to contact me and ask as many questions you need to make a decision.
What if I need to cancel an appointment?
Please contact me as soon as possible and we can arrange another appointment.  Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged for.
What if I want to return to counselling?
Some people decide after a time that they want to return to counselling to continue the sessions or for a new issue.  This option is always open to you.
How do I know if you are qualified?
I trained as a counsellor at the University of Strathclyde.  The course is recognised by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) of which I am a member.  Being a member requires that I adhere to their code of ethics.  I am on the Register of counsellors held by BACP.
BACP Register