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How Counselling Works

Research has shown that one of the biggest success outcome factors in counselling is that the client (you) believes that they could build a sense of trust and connection with their counsellor.

In order to answer any initial queries that you may have, I offer a free 20-minute telephone introductory consultation.

After which if you decide to proceed we would arrange to meet for the first session, this can also be referred to as the assessment session. During this session we will explore your expectations and a little of the background as to what has brought you to counselling. This session also allows you to get a sense of me, to share any questions or concerns that you may have and consider: Am I someone you feel, you could build a trusting relationship with?

How many sessions you might have or need, is up to you. However, it is good practice every sixth session or so, to review what is working and what is not. To reflect upon the direction of the work and question, is it going where you want.

In terms of frequency of sessions, it is usual for sessions to be weekly on the same day and time. Sessions last for 50 minutes. You can stop counselling without any obligation whenever you wish.

Session costs are £50 and payable via cash or bank transfer. Regretfully cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice are fully chargeable. Failure to make timely payments will result in the termination of our counselling agreement.

On occasion referral to other professionals may be required due to specific issues outside of my skills set. A referral would only be made with your consent.

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As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I undertake a monthly process called supervision.

This is to ensure that I work to the high standards required by the BACP. During supervision, your confidentiality will be maintained.

Brief session notes are made and retained as required by both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and my insurance company.

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