Why choose private counselling?
Like other private services, private counselling is likely to give you greater choice and flexibility. I will do my best to accommodate you, in terms of setting a regular day/time for your sessions and avoiding you having to endure a waiting list. I can also adapt the approach taken in line with what suits your needs, and will regularly review what you are finding most helpful as we go along.
What will you need from me at the assessment?
As well as describing the problems you are experiencing and providing relevant background information, you will need to let me know your personal and emergency contact details, which GP you are registered with and any medication you are taking for psychological difficulties.
What will you expect from me if I start regular counselling?
You should commit to regular weekly sessions or as otherwise agreed, arrive on time (but avoid being early as I do not have a waiting room) and not attend under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Otherwise, you don’t need to prepare for sessions but simply come as you are. Please provide 48 hours notice if you need to cancel a session for any reason, otherwise I will still need to charge you for it. I would also appreciate you giving me as much notice as you can for planned holidays etc.
Can I have someone else with me?
Counselling provides a safe, confidential space that enables the individual to talk freely. It is not therefore appropriate to have other people in the counselling room. If you need someone to bring you, they should drop you off at the start of the session and meet you at the end.
How long will it take to complete the counselling work?
This depends on your individual needs and preferences, as well as what I consider will be therapeutically beneficial for you. We can discuss this during the initial assessment, which is free of charge. Provided I consider it to be in your best interests, you can choose how long you wish us to work together. I will not encourage you to stay longer than necessary.