Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
If you are interested in either counselling or supervision, I offer an hour long face-to-face initial assessment session for £20.
Thereafter, for counselling, subsequent sessions cost £45 per hour, and for supervision £60 for a meeting lasting an hour and a half.
Concessions maybe available for students and those living on low or reduced incomes.
How do I pay?
You can pay by cash or cheque, or if you would prefer to pay via an on-line transfer I can provide my bank details.
How long are the counselling sessions, how often will I need to come and how many will I need?
Sessions usually last for 1 hour, unless we have agreed otherwise.
In the early weeks and months of counselling it is usually advisable to come for weekly sessions. This is particularly important in the early stages of therapy in order for you to become familiar with the process of counselling and for the therapeutic relationship between us to develop. When this has happened, and it is hard to say exactly when this will be, as no two person's therapy is the same, it may be possible move to fortnightly sessions. Although many people choose to continue with weekly meetings.
The number of sessions you will need or have depends on so many factors, it is impossible to give a definitive answer. You may visit your counsellor just once or twice or many, many times over weeks, months or years. We will regularly review our work together to ensure you feel we are on the right track.
What are your cancellation fees?
I reserve the right to charge the full cost of the session, for sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice and where sessions cannot be rearranged within the same week.
When can I see you?
I work from my studio in the garden of my home in Abbeydale, Gloucester.
As well as day-time appointments, I can offer a limited number of early morning or evening appointments, should you wish to come at the start or end of your day.
Is your service confidential?
Yes, it is confidential. However, as with all counsellors and psychotherapists there are a few notable and important exceptions. When we meet for our initial assessment session, confidentiality will be one of the first things I will go over with you, so that you are clear from the outset of your counselling, where the boundaries of confidentiality lie. That said, if you would prefer to know about this in advance of the assessment session, please do ring me or email me and I will be more than happy to go over it with you.
How quickly will you respond to my inquiry?
I guarantee to respond to your inquiry within a maximum of 24 hours, but it will usually be much sooner. If your inquiry was by email and you haven't received a response after 24 hours, don't forget to check your email junk box, as it may have found its way there.