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  • Is online therapy for me & what will it be like?
    Benefits of online counselling ​ Online counselling therapy can be from your own home at a time that suits you. There's no chance you may be seen entering the counsellor’s practice. At a place and time that suits you. People have busy lives and travelling to and from a therapist’s place of work can take time and maybe you can't make therapy during the day so it is useful to be able to have that real flexibility. If you travel a lot for work or socially, online counselling can provide support regularly no matter where you are. As long as the place you are calling from is confidential, sessions can continue to take place even if you are not at home. Possible challenges with online/telephone counselling​ ​ If you use a hearing aid, you may find telephone therapy challenging. This issue could also occur during video call therapy should the video freeze at any point. If you rely on non-verbal clues If you don't have a safe, confidential space with which to attend your sessions
  • Can i call before booking?
    Yes in fact I often advise that we have a 10-15 minute chat so can tell me briefly what your concerns are just to ensure i am the best therapist for your needs. We will also arrange a time and day to meet, whether that be virtually, telephone or face to face.
  • How many sessions will i need?
    This depends on each individual, sessions are open ended so you have the choice. We will review where you are at appropriate times through your therapy.
  • How often will we meet?
    It is often best to start with weekly sessions and move to fortnightly as you feel comfortable to do so, however it is possible to start with fortnightly sessions if weekly is not available to you. It really depends on your needs and this would be worked out in the beginning. Sessions take place at a mutually available and agreed time. It is important that sessions are kept to a regular time each week, this gives clarity and consistency within your therapeutic process.
  • How long is a counselling session?
    Each sessions is 50 mins
  • Why are counselling sessions 50 minutes?
    Whilst the client is only in the room physically for 50 minutes, in the therapists mind they are indeed there for the full hour. I choose not to write notes in the sessions so I can be fully engaged and listen to my clients. How many times have you been having a conversation with someone and they check their phone or maybe type out a response to a message. I wonder how that impacts on you and if you feel connected? So, I write your notes after the session and leave a few minutes to breathe and clear my mind for the next client and check their notes before their session and so on and so forth. So the 10 minutes between sessions are distributed equally between clients so they indeed get the best out of their therapist. It’s also good for time management for sessions to be on the hour (occasionally half hour) for both the client and the therapist to plan their time/day.
  • What do i do if i need to cancel?
    Life can sometimes throw obstacles in our way and some cancellations will be necessary, but where possible it is important to cancel with as much notice as possible. If a client cancels less than 48 hours before their appointment, the full fee would be expected to cover room fees etc
  • How do i pay for the sessions?
    Payments can be made in cash on the day or via Bank Transfer up to 48hrs prior to the session.
  • What will happen in our first session?
    The first session is a chance to meet each other and see if you feel we could work together, it is important that you feel safe and comfortable with your therapist and feel safe and secure within your therapeutic journey. This is a no obligation, session where we can discuss what you would like to bring to future sessions and ask any questions or querying any concerns you may have.
  • What happens if im late for my counselling?
    Unforeseen circumstances can arise where lateness cannot be helped, but it is advisable to plan ahead where necessary as I will always need to close the session at the prearranged time, as there may be other clients booked in after your session.
  • I struggle with my hearing would this be a problem?
    Yes while this can bring about possible challenges particularly with telephone therapy and video therapy (if the screen freezes) i would make every attempt to work with you and your needs in these circumstances, but I would recommend face to face sessions where possible.
  • What types of mental health do you work with in counselling?
    addiction anger anxiety bereavement/loss borderline personality disorder depression dissociative identity disorder domestic violence PTSD relationship concerns (1:1 counselling only) suicidal thought self harming stress and burnout Trauma However I encourage you to be open during your counselling sessions and talk about whatever may come up for you, everything you have to say is important and may lead to further exploration or be linked with something else. All your words, thoughts and feelings are welcome. You will not be shamed or judged in the therapy room.
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