How do I know counselling is right for me?
Lots of people seek counselling for all sorts of different reasons. You may be experiencing low mood or depression, dealing with relationship problems, going through loss or a bereavement or just be feeling a little lost. You may simply be looking to gain further self awareness and continue your personal development.
If you are considering therapy, you may have an inkling that, with some support, you could feel better and overcome difficulties. Alternatively you may feel very skeptical about counselling and whether it will help at all. However you feel is completely okay and your initial consultation will help you get a feel for what therapy can offer.
Is it confidential?
Yes. There are, however, some necessary limits to this confidentiality. This will be discussed in full when you begin therapy and I welcome any questions.
Are you a registered counsellor?
Yes. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical frame work.
How long do sessions last and how often do they take place?
Ongoing sessions last 50 minutes and take place once a week.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no set number of sessions but I suggest a minimum commitment of 8 sessions. This allows time for the therapy the take shape and for you to discover what you would most like to focus on. I generally work with clients for a number of months or years.
Where are you based and is there parking?
I work from both central Bristol and central Bath. Parking is on street or in public car parks so it may be worth giving yourself a few extra minutes to get here in order not to feel rushed ahead of your session.
How much does it cost?
Each session is charged at between £60 and £70. This can be paid in cash or by bank transfer and payment is taken at the beginning of each month.
I’ve tried counselling in the past, is it worth trying again?
Some people may have tried counselling before and felt that the process or the counsellor wasn’t quite right for them. If this is you, it can sometimes feel challenging to give it another go.
Alternatively you may have worked with a counsellor previously and found it really helpful but might be daunted about developing a new counselling relationship. Whatever the case, I welcome your honest feelings about the process and any concerns you may have about trying it again.