This section is to answer any initial questions you may have about counselling, the process and how I practice as a counsellor. Therefore, please see some Frequency Asked Questions below:
Who are the BACP?
The BACP stands for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Information about the association and their work can be found in the quote below, taken directly from the BACP website:
“BACP is the leading professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK with more than 50,000 members. We work to promote the role and relevance of the counselling professions in improving psychological wellbeing and mental health and to develop safe, ethical and competent practice.”
I am a registered member of the BACP website (Registration no. 378819) and can be found on the BACP registry here.
What is the process?
Initially, I suggest we organise an initial appointment for a 15 minute free consultation, here you will have an opportunity to ask any questions and we can explore how counselling can help you. If you feel happy you wish to start counselling and if I feel I am a suitable therapeutic match for you, I will invite you for a first session where I will carry out an assessment and discuss your plan for therapy. We will agree how many sessions you feel you would like or need and discuss availability and affordability. Dependant on how long therapy will last, I may suggest having regular reviews to see how counselling is going for you and to check we are working on the issues you would like to focus on, this is for me to check I am meeting your requirements and you are happy with the work we are doing together. I encourage you to speak honestly and I will receive your comments empathically, professionally and without judgement.
How long is each session?
Sessions last for a ‘therapeutic hour’, this means 10 minutes before the end of the session we will begin to wind down, giving space to check in and see how you are feeling and to discuss any homework or any practical arrangements for the following session.
How much does it cost?
My current private fees are:
- 15 minute introductory consultation online/telephone: Free
- 1 hour counselling session: £50
- 1.5 hour counselling session: £75
I ask that payment is made by bank transfer 24 hours prior to each appointment. Concessions available for those in financial hardship or counsellor trainees.
Fees for organisations can be sessional (see above) or via a half-day, full-day rate. Please contact me direct for a quote.
What if I need to cancel a session or decide to end therapy?
You can cancel a session at any time, I just ask that you give me 24 hours’ notice prior to this, otherwise I charge 50% of the total session fee. If you wish therapy to come to an end sooner than expected, I ask that you book one final session with me, this is to give the space to discuss the ending so your therapy can be safely closed and I can offer any help, if needed for any other suitable support services I feel may be relevant.
How do I work?
I am an integrative counsellor, which means I draw on different approaches to best suit the client and their situation, dependant to what is brought into therapy at that time. By working integratively, I am able to use different schools of thought to approach a problem, difficulty or situation to help draw out and make sense of this in the best possible way. For example, I may explore your childhood and early family relationships with you to help us to understand how you form relationships with those around you and make sense of your world. I may look at your current situation and explore the people and networks around you (family, friends, work/education, culture) and how you interact and respond with people and in situations, I may explore who you are as a person, a unique individual in this world and how you form opinions of yourself and others, based on your experiences.
How am I monitored?
In my practice, I comply with the BACP Ethical Framework which means I am committed to working with clients both professionally and ethically as a therapeutic counsellor. To do this I abide a set of values and principles and possess a personal moral qualities that together inform my work. I have fortnightly clinical supervision with an accredited member of the BACP, whom also complies with the same BACP Ethical Framework, keeping the client and the therapeutic relationship the focus of my work.
I am registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service which means that I have an enhanced DBS check which is automatically updated periodically.
I hold full indemnity insurance and comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
What qualifications and training do I have?
I hold a Masters qualification (MSc) in Counselling Children and Young People, achieved with distinction, in addition to prior qualifications focused on counselling adults. I am committed to further training to enhance my skills and undertake regular continuous professional development, to support my practice:
- The Flash Technique (Dr Philip Manfield, WIP)
- Polyvagal Informed Therapy Masterclass (PESI UK, WIP)
- Attachment Narrative Therapy (NScience, 2021)
- Introduction to Talking Therapy Outside (Gates Counselling, 2021)
- Complex Trauma and Disassociation: Clinical Skills Workshop (PTSD Trauma Workshops, 2021)
- Gestalt in Action (The Gestalt Centre, 2021)
- PTSD Masterclass Workshop (PTSD Trauma Workshops, 2020)
- Catalysing Brain Change: Transforming Adversity into Learning and Growth (NScience, 2020)
- Reviewing the Stories We Live By: How reconsidering the personal narrative can have life changing impact (NScience, 2020)
- Emotional Abuse and Emotional Neglect (RCPCH, 2020)
- Safeguarding Children to Online Abuse (Safeguarding Adults & Children Partnership Board, 2020)
- Keeping Children Safe Online (NSPCC, 2020)
- Child Protection and Safeguarding (Relate, 2019)
- Domestic Violence and Abuse (Relate, 2019)
- Prevent Training (HM Government, 2019)
- Safeguarding Children (Safeguarding e-Academy, 2019)
- Suicide Risk and Support (Relate, 2019)
- Dealing with distress: Working with Self-harm and Suicide (PODS, 2018)
- Counselling Studies (CPCAB, 2017)
- Counselling Skills (CPCAB, 2016)
What issues do I work with?
I have specific experience of working with the following issues:
- Childhood Abuse
- Coercive Control
- Domestic Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Family Conflict
- Gender Identity
- Life Transitions
- Peer Relationships
- Physical Abuse
- Psychological Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Suicidal Ideation
- Trauma and PTSD