Q: What kind of problems can counselling help me with?
A: Counselling can help you explore your thoughts and feelings further, and help you to resolve issues or problems that you are experiencing. As a professional counsellor, I will be objective, non-judgemental and confidential with whatever you choose to talk about.
Common problems and issues clients bring to counselling include anxiety, stress, bereavement, illness, depression, relationships, abuse, work-related issues, trauma – for a fuller list please see ‘Some Areas Where Counselling Can be Beneficial’
Q: What type of counselling do you offer?
A: I offer face to face, online and telephone counselling to adults in short term, time-limited or open-ended basis. You can continue in therapy for as long as you want, which can range from weeks to years. However long we work together I will ensure that you work at your own pace, allowing you the time and space to develop an insight into the reason behind your issues and concerns.
Q: When are your opening hours?
A: Counselling appointments are from 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday.
Q: How long will have to wait for an appointment?
A: I can normally offer you an appointment for a counselling assessment within a day or two of your initial enquiry.
Q: What is an assessment appointment?
A: The first session of any counselling is an assessment session when I will ask questions about you and your life. This information helps me to make an initial assessment of your circumstance and also gives you the time to decide if counselling is the right choice for you.
Q: Will the counsellor give me advice?
A: I am not there to give you advice, tell you what to do or judge you in any way. The aim of counselling is to help you come to your own decisions as only you know how you feel. However, I will listen carefully to what you say and help you develop strategies and form a plan of action.
Q: What does a counsellor do?
A: Listening carefully is what I do most. I make sure you have clarified your problems and concerns and help you decide on the steps you want to take next. I will always work at your pace, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings in the best way for you.
Q: Can anyone have counselling?
A: Yes, counselling is helpful if you are currently struggling to overcome a particular issue in your life, and as long as you are ready and open to accept changes that may occur, then counselling can help you right now.
Q: Can I afford counselling?
A: Counselling sessions are charged at £40 per session. I am open to negotiation for clients on benefits or a low income, depending on your circumstances.
Q: What can I talk about?
A: You can talk about anything that is on your mind, however large or small you think your problem is. Whatever you talk about will be treated completely confidentially and I will listen to you without judgement.
Q: What if I miss an appointment?
A: Counselling works best by having regular weekly or fortnightly sessions. Should you need to cancel an appointment, you should contact me as soon as possible so that we can rearrange to another date.
Q: Is there parking nearby?
A: Yes, either driveway or free on-street parking is available.