When you get in contact we can arrange a mutually convenient time to meet.
What will happen at the initial session?
You may be nervous before our first session. This is perfectly normal. We will go through the counselling contract so you can gain an understanding of what the counselling process involves and how I work. The contract forms the basis of our work together. You will be welcome to take the contract away to read before signing it.
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 every 6 weeks.
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, but I would 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.
Each session is an 1 hour and 15 minutes and is normally at the same time each week.
A ‘couple’ can be partners (I work with mixed gender and same gender couples), friends, parents and siblings, colleagues or any relationship you are struggling with.
Typically couples work is a minimum of 6 sessions; often more. We will review where we’re at regularly.
Sessions are in my therapy room in St George, Bristol BS5. There is free parking in the street. The room is up one flight of stairs.
I also offer online counselling via Skype. (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).
In certain circumstances I may be able to come to your home for sessions. (It is important that sessions are private and confidential and that other people in the house 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. Please let me know before I set off on the journey to your home if arrangements for your children have changed for the session. I ask that you do not smoke during our session).