Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a Counselling session last?
Sixty minutes. I may suggest that we continue the assessment to make sure that I am the right counsellor for you. This would involve individual assessments and then another together session to make sure it is the right Counselling for you both.
Do you counsel all ages?
In my Private Practice I counsel clients 18+ years to 90+ years young!
Can I bring children/babies to the Counselling Sessions?
I am afraid this would not be suitable or practical. I understand it is difficult to sometimes find childcare but it would not be fair on you as a client/clients or the children. If the session was to become emotionally difficult the children/babies would pick up on this. Also, you would not be benefiting 100% from the session and you would be wasting your time and money.
How long does a counselling session last?
Sixty minutes. I also offer intesive recovery sessions for couples, lasting between 90 minutes - 120 minutes
Do you offer weekly, fortnightly, monthly sessions?
Weekly sessions are preferred, particulary at the start of counselling. However, fitting in with busy lives and schedules I can offer weekly, fortnightly or even monthly sessions. However I would always say best to start off weekly if possible, particularly at the beginning of the therapeutic journey.
Are couple counselling session times different?
Sixty minutes, however sometimes if it makes sense we could look at a ninety minute session. An intensive session time of 2 hours with couple work can be very beneficial for you both too. It can be useful as your counsellor to find out more of your stories, as well as being supporting to you as a couple to have enough time to explain, explore, discuss and listen to each other; the longer time session gives us this opportunity.
What happens if I want to stop my/our Counselling sessions?
It would be something that we would discuss, generally we would all know that it would be an ending session. Of course if you decide to end our counselling sessions together, you would be welcome back at any point in the future. Just to reiterate sessions are very much client led and there is no pressure to continue sessions if you no longer want to attend but it is useful if we all know that the session is going to be the last one. This allows me as your Counsellor to hold the session appropriately and to ensure that you are supported in the best way possible.
What if I want to come back for a Counselling Session but not seen you in a while?
Depending on the time that has gone by it might be necessary to have another assessment to ensure I am the right counsellor for you.
Are the Counselling Sessions confidential?
The Counselling Sessions are Confidential however, please see my Confidentiality & Safety Guidelines in the Counselling Services Section of the Website for further advice and guidance.
Are there any books you recommend?
Yes sure, please check out my book recommendations in the Helpful Resources Section of my website.
What is your cancellation policy?
The full session fee for cancellations and missed appointments without 24 hours’ notice will be applied. However, if there are unforeseen events/circumstances such as illness, injury, or weather challenges then this can be discussed at the time.
What platforms are you using for online counselling?
I generally use the platform zoom for counselling sessions, although being client led I also use Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime if these are preferred methods for you my client/s.
What is the average counselling sessions a couple/person need?
This is quite a difficult one to answer as it is so specific to the individual or couple. It really depends, some people may find that just a few sessions are useful, whereas others will find themselves having quite a number of sessions which just fits them better. I wold say that really 8 to 12 sessions are the minimum of a therapeutic counselling journey. However, there is no right or wrong. It is client specific and led by you. We would always discuss ongoing sessions during session.