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 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 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.
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 do counselling sessions 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 will it cost?
Each 50 minute session costs £60.
When are you available?
I currently have face to face appointments available during the day on Thursdays and Fridays in Ashford. My availability online is more flexible and I have a range of daytime and evening appointments. Please enquire for more information.