When you get in contact we can arrange a mutually convenient time to meet online or by telephone. I will then send you my Counselling Agreement so you can gain an understanding of what the counselling process involves and how I work. The agreement forms the basis of our work together.
What will happen at the initial session?
You may be nervous before our first session. This is perfectly normal. We will go through certain points of the Counselling Agreement.
Our first session is also an opportunity to talk about why you are seeking counselling and how we can work together.
At the end of the session, if we’re both happy to continue, we’ll book in 6 sessions. During our 5th session we’ll review where we’re at and you can decide whether to book more sessions. We’ll keep reviewing regularly to make sure the counselling is still valid.
The information you share with me in our work together will be treated as confidential. However, if I think you or someone else is at risk I may have to consider breaking confidentially. In this case I will do all I can to discuss this with you first.
I have regular supervision to protect my practice with you. This may involve talking about aspects of our work with my Supervisor. I would keep it anonymous and not disclose your full name or contact details in this discussion. Also, I keep brief notes about our sessions. I will not put your name on these notes and I will destroy them shortly after our sessions end.
How long will the therapy need to be?
Each session is 1 hour and is normally at the same time each week.
Typically short term work is 8-12 sessions. Longer term therapy may be 30 sessions or more. However long we work together for, we will continue to review regularly.
Sessions are online via Zoom or Skype, or on the telephone. It is important that your sessions are private and confidential and that other people around you are aware of the need for privacy. We will be mindful of children’s wellbeing during the sessions and would not hold a session if a child needs to be with you during that time.
To contact me please see my details on the right of this page.