Booking a Counselling appointment
If you want to find out more before booking an appointment, I can offer up to 15 minutes free telephone call where I can answer any questions you may have.
Making that initial contact can feel like a huge hurdle. If you feel that, please let me assure you that you are not alone. In fact, many people say that first step is the most difficult!
Once you've taken that step, I'll support you in any way that I can to get started or even just give it a try as a one off to see if its for you.
We can confirm each future session at the end of the previous one, and I ask that payment is always made promptly (via BACS (bank transfer) in advance or by cash or cheque at each appointment).
At the end of your first session we will review how it has felt to you and discuss whether you'd like to book another session. This is also the point at which I may recommend a different therapist if I feel you would be better served by someone else (eg if there is a specific issue that Im not trained to help with).
Email email@example.com for more information or to book an appointment.
Alternatively you are welcome to call the number below and leave a message - I'll do my best to respond to the same day.
Once you've decided to book I will email you my Counselling agreement with more details.
I usually recommend committing to 6 sessions as a reasonable amount of time to achieve therapeutic change and address any immediate issues.
After that we can work together on an open ended basis or rebook a further set of 6 sessions.
Whatever your choice, you are free to end counselling any time, but it's a good idea to have at least one session to consciously work toward an ending, review your counselling journey and note any positive changes you notice. This gives you some closure and most clients have said they find this beneficial.
Cancellations and missed appointments
If you cant attend an appointment, please let me know as soon as possible.
I can waive the fee when at least 48 hours notice is given via phone or text. however less than that and I will need to charge 50% of the fee. (Please note this is an update to my previous policy and is applicable as of November 2022.)
For cancellations please contact me by phone or text message on 07827 095 826. Unfortunately I cannot accept late cancellations by email.
Chance meetings in public
If we come across one another outside the counselling session, I would normally say a brief and friendly hello unless you request otherwise. This is entirely up to you, so please let me know what you are most comfortable with.
Timings and fees
Sessions are 50 minutes each week (unless otherwise agreed: fortnightly is also possible).
Each session will be confirmed at the end of the previous one. I am currently available on Tuesdays and Fridays as well as some evenings.
£45 per session online
£50 per session in person
If you are on a low income, we can discuss rates as I have some concessionary slots in order to make counselling as widely accessible as possible.
Equally, if you would like to support others on low income to access counselling then please feel free to make a financial contribution either as a one off or by paying a little more for your sessions.
Please make your payments via BACS (Bank transfer) in advance unless otherwise agreed (cash or cheque may also be possible in certain circumstances).
When we are no longer able
to change a situation,
we are challenged
to change ourselves.
('Man's search for meaning')