Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Generally, the term counselling is used to describe shorter-term, more focused work, perhaps on a particular problem or issue; psychotherapy when the work is less clearly defined and likely to involve sessions over the longer term. I have a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy and I tend to use the terms interchangeably: both involve helping you to understand yourself better and to explore the options available to you.
How many sessions will I need?
I work with fixed-term and open-ended contracts. Often, we'll work out which is most appropriate during the first session, when I take a detailed history to help draw up a plan for our work together. Some issues are especially suitable for shorter term work; others benefit from a longer-term approach. Not surprisingly, problems that you've had for a long time tend to take more time to work through. Realistically, many people are limited by their budget and often it's appropriate to plan a fixed course of sessions with the understanding that more might be needed after a break.
How long are sessions and how often?
Sessions with individual clients last 50 minutes and sessions with couples, 60 minutes. Generally people come once a week at the same appointment time. If people need more support at certain times, I can offer twice-weekly sessions. Less frequent contact may be appropriate towards the end of therapy but generally progress is faster if we meet not less than once a week.
Individual sessions are £40 for daytime appointments and £45 for evening appointments (after 6pm). Couples sessions are £55 for daytime and £60 for evening appointments. Supervision is £45 /session. I have some concessionary places for people on low income and for trainee counsellors. Unless otherwise agreed, fees are to be paid at the end of each session with cash or a cheque.
Confidentiality and ethics
What you talk about in the sessions is confidential. I keep brief notes of each session, which are kept securely for three years after your counselling has finished. As a BACP accredited counsellor, I have supervision from a qualified supervisor which helps maintain the quality of my work. My supervisor does not have access to information that could identify you (e.g. full name, address). I abide by the BACP Code of Ethics, which you are welcome to read.
I qualified with a Diploma in Supervision with CSTD Bath.