What is Counselling?
Counselling is an empathetic, non-judgemental and safe space in which you can explore any emotions, feelings, situations or thoughts that are prominent in your life.
As your therapist, I am here to help bring new perspectives to situations you may be facing in order to help you to help yourself. Counselling can help with developing ways of coping going forward, look at changing patterns in life, look at managing your boundaries in relation to other relationships, but ultimately is a self-development journey.
I once got told "therapy is an investment in yourself", where you have 50 minutes set aside purely for yourself each week.
What is a consultation?
The consultation gives us chance to talk through what it is you would want from counselling and look at our expectations. We will go through our contract with each other and look at if we feel comfortable to work with each other going forward.
The relationship within counselling is important in order for effective counselling to take place. The consultation is an opportunity to get a sense of if I am someone you feel you will be able to trust and work alongside you in your journey.
How much is a session?
Single session therapy is £80 (90 minutes) - For follow up/check ins these are informal and will be something we agree on in terms of time and fee.
For ongoing counselling sessions my fee is £50 (50 minute sessions)
The initial consultation of 45 minutes will be £30
I am willing to look at lower fees if you feel you are unable to afford these prices.
How does remote counselling work?
Many people aren't able to access face-to-face counselling and so remote counselling is becoming more popular and accessible. This will still allow you to explore what's going on for you but from anywhere you may be based.
I have a confidential space set out so that our conversation will remain safe. I would ask for you to be able to set aside the time to also be in a quiet space where you feel comfortable.
How often will we meet?
For single session therapy we will meet a few times:
The initial consultation
The single session
a few follow up check ins
For ongoing therapy we will aim to meet weekly on a set day/time. For counselling relationships to be effective an element of consistency is needed. If you feel once a week isn't possible we can discuss what the options are in the consultation before any commitment is made.
How do I know if I need counselling?
Only you will know if you are in a position to be ready to talk to someone. If you are unsure, there is no pressure or obligation to do anything past a consultation. Talking to someone in a confidential way can make all the difference to how you are feeling.
I offer single session therapy as sometimes just having a one-time space for yourself to talk through whatever is going on can feel enough.
If you then felt you would like the regular space outside of friend, family and your normal network then this is something that can be arranged.