Do you belong to a professional body?
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I abide to the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
What type of counsellor are you?
I am an 'integrative' counsellor. Underlying all of my work is the principle that the relationship between us is key; I provide the qualities needed for therapeutic growth, according to Person Centred Therapy. I am trained to use strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), where appropriate, and I also use interventions from Gestalt Therapy- much of this work is creative.
It is likely that I will use a combination of my knowledge of theory and practice throughout the counselling relationship. There are times, however, that I would recommend working in a pure CBT way- for example, for those of you experiencing anxiety, depression, phobias, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, etc.
How many sessions will I need?
This is different for everyone. For some, 6 sessions is sufficient. For others, longer-term therapy may be of benefit. We will regularly discuss progress together; I will guide you but it is you who will make the ultimate decision of when our work together will end.
How often will I need to come to counselling?
Initially, I would suggest weekly. This is so that we can develop the relationship that is so important in counselling. We will review this as we work together. If you would prefer to meet fortnightly, this is also possible but I would recommend weekly to begin with. Please speak to me if you feel that weekly/ fortnightly would pose problems for you; it is important that you come to counselling because you want to, rather than feel as though you have to.
What if I can't come to a planned session?
I reserve the time and space just for you; this means that I am unable to fill a cancelled appointment. I ask that you provide a minimum of 48 hours notice, where possible. There will be a £20 fee for missed appointments, although there are exceptions to this. Please contact me if you wish to cancel and we will decide the best way forward, together. We will talk more about this in your initial session.
Is counselling totally confidential?
Most people see a counsellor because they want what they discuss to remain confidential. This is the case with the majority of issues discussed, however confidentiality is not absolute. There are exceptions and this will be discussed during your initial session when contracting. These are the general exceptions to maintaining confidentiality: