Frequently asked questions
What are the fees?
£35 per one hour session. Any change to this rate will be signalled at least 2 months in advance. I may be able to offer a reduced rate, depending on circumstances. It is always worth asking me, but I can't promise this.
Under the current unusual, trying circumstances, I am also offering a preliminary meet-up/chat online - or by phone if you prefer - for free, to establish that we are able to connect, technically, and to answer any general questions. This would be before a more formal and focused assessment session.
How many sessions can I have?
In short, as many as you feel that you need.
An important part of the process is to review regularly how we (but mainly you) feel it is going. I will do my best to give you an idea of how long I feel we might need for our work together, but you may of course end your therapy at any time you wish. I would, however, strongly encourage you to talk to me about ending, and to allow time for an ending, rather than just breaking off, but again, this is your choice.
Do you charge cancellation fees?
Cancellation with at least 24 hours notice: no fee.
Cancellation with less than 24 hours notice: the missed session will need to be paid for unless I can reschedule, which I will try to do where possible, but I can't promise it. And of course I will be happy to discuss any mitigating circumstances with you.
Not turning up, with no communication and no extenuating circumstances: full fee.
Do you offer an introductory session at a reduced rate?
I offer an initial meeting/assessment session of up to one hour at the reduced rate of £20.
You might then choose to book your first session of counselling, or you might decide to go away and think about whether or not to proceed to counselling with me.
I would like to offer this initial meeting for free, as I know it is very much a try-out to see if you feel I am the right person for you. However, I have overheads to cover and cannot currently give my time away.
Will there be a written contract?
Yes, this has become the norm with most counselling.
The contract records our agreement to work together and some terms and conditions regarding organisational matters as well as our mutual commitment. My contract also aims to answer at the outset any questions you may have about counselling, and is something we can refer back to. But you will not be expected to sign anything you don't agree with or don't understand. A counselling contract is a working document; it can, within reason, be modified as appropriate.