FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your Questions Answered
Have a question? Want to know a bit more about me or my counselling service? To help you get your answers quickly, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular questions I’ve received from clients, accompanied by thorough answers. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch and I’ll be happy to assist you.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
Individuals £50.00 per session
Couples £90.00 per session
Supervision Fees on request
I offer discount for Student Counsellors in training – Please Enquire
I offer Supervision for Student Counsellors – Please Enquire
HOW DO I KNOW THAT YOU’RE A QUALIFIED THERAPIST?
Well, that’s a great question and one that unless you work in the counselling industry you wouldn’t know what to look out for.
Please don’t be afraid to ask the Counsellor their level of experience and background, it’s okay, any ethical counsellor would be happy to answer any questions for you. Most working counsellors should be qualified to either a minimum Diploma level and maximum Degree or Masters level. Also, they should be a member of a registered body, the most reputable one is the BACP.
Of course I can’t speak for others but I can share with you a breakdown of my level of training on this journey and commitment to the process. For more information please see the post in my Blog.
I have been a member of the BACP and offering One to One Counselling since 2011 and before this I studied for four years, three of those four years - I gained a BA HONS degree in Counselling, to achieve this BA HONS level of Counselling I have successfully completed.
1,872 of taught hours of Counselling theory.
60+ hours of Personal Therapy.
100+ hours working as a therapist in placement.
Over 100 hours clinical supervision.
After leaving university, I have continued to work as therapist moving through the ranks of the BACP from student member to registered member and I am currently an accredited member. I have gained a Certificate of Proficiency with the BACP which certify that I am safely working within the BACP standards of good practice and adhere to their ethical framework.
I have worked since 2012 successfully in my own private practice as well as in the counselling industry. Having worked with charities, employment assistance programs, local schools and offering one to one counselling.
I have also taught on Level Two Counselling Skills and Level Four Diploma in Counselling
I have continued to have extended periods of personal therapy and regularly undertaking CPD (continuing professional development) at least 50 hours a year. All of this is still fundamentally important to me as I am mindful that it’s important that as a counsellor I practice what I preach. Much like those I work with I am forever growing and evolving and have no shame in this.
HOW LONG IS A SESSION?
Sessions last the therapeutic hour which is 50 minutes, however I would advise that you allow 60 minutes, as we may run over.
HOW DO I KNOW EVERYTHING IS PRIVATE?
This is a safe and confidential space, therefore anything you tell me during your therapy session is completely confidential. It remains, strictly, between you and I. Of course, you are free to tell anyone, but so you know I won’t - it stays with me in our room.
If, however, I am concerned for your safety or the safety of others by something you have disclosed to me in a session I may feel a need to contact the relevant authorities or get you additional help. This is extremely rare, however if this was to happen we would discuss it at the time. An example might be if you feel suicidal.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY FRIST SESSION ?
The first session allows us to meet face to face and also provides you with an opportunity to tell your story and explore the options open to you. You can ask any questions you may have, and we can decide the way forward.
If counselling is not for you at this time, you are under no obligation to return.
SOME AREAS OF COUNSELLING I DEAL WITH:
Bereavement and Loss
Low Self Esteem
Low/Lack of Confidence
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)