Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost?
My current fee for individual clients is £50 per session and my fee for couples counselling is £75 per session. In certain circumstances I am able to offer a concessionary rate where there is clear financial hardship . All initial consultations are charged at the full rate.
How long are the sessions?
Individual sessions are for 50 minutes and couples sessions are for 60 minutes.
How long will it take?
This is a difficult question to answer. Some people find a year or two is beneficial and others prefer to keep it very brief or, alternatively, to take as much time as they need. During the process of the therapeutic relationship, it will often become apparent what supports you in the best way.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Counselling is better suited if we are addressing specific issues and we would work to an agreed length of time. Through this process you may often gain new insights, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and find new ways forward.
Psychotherapy is more suitable if you wish to gain a deeper understanding of your symptoms and behaviour and for those people whose symptoms are persistent, repetitive or less specific. This is usually an open-ended process or longer in duration.
Isn’t it a sign of weakness to see a counsellor?
Paradoxically it is a sign of strength to have the courage to change something about your life when you feel that aspects are not working as you would wish or, for instance, you feel stuck in a destructive pattern of behaviour.