What happens in the first session?
The first session is an opportunity for you to get a sense of the way in which I work and for me to get to know a little more about you. We can consider together with your needs, requirements and expectations from counselling and how I can support you in this in future sessions.
What about confidentiality?
In a therapeutic relationship, it is important that you feel safe and secure so that you can talk openly about your experiences, thoughts and feelings. What you say in your counselling sessions is confidential, the only exceptions to this being if there is an immediate risk to your own or someone else's safety or if the disclosure is required by a court of law. Where appropriate, I will discuss the need for disclosure with you and ask for your consent.
Any notes made about the sessions will be anonymised and kept securely and separately from your personal details.
When working outdoors, confidentiality is slightly different as there is always the possibility that other people will be around. In our first session, we will discuss this and how we will manage the situation if you or I see someone we know.
For online work, I keep my computer software and virus scanners up to date and use a secure video link to ensure your privacy.
As a registered member of the BACP, I adhere to their ethical framework. This requires me to undertake regular supervision with an experienced, qualified therapist with whom I discuss my work. My supervisor is also bound by the BACP ethical framework and I ensure that anonymity is maintained and any identifying details are removed.
How long does each session last and how many will I need?
Each session is for 50 minutes and will usually take place at the same time weekly, unless otherwise agreed. The number of sessions that you will need is dependent on you and your particular needs.
How much do sessions cost?
All sessions are payable in advance by bank transfer.
When are you available?
I have weekday and evening appointments available.