Frequently Asked Questions
The answers to the questions I am most frequently asked are given below.
More detailed information can be found in the client / counsellor contract.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
How much does a session cost?
How long does a session last?
Up to one hour.
How many sessions will I need?
There isn’t a set number, it depends on what you would like to explore and how long that takes to work through. It is not time limited. The number of sessions is led by what you feel you need and how the work is progressing. We will review this at regular intervals.
How often do we meet?
In the first instance, it is a good idea to meet weekly. This is to establish the therapeutic relationship and build the trust necessary to work together. Later it may be possible to meet less frequently, particularly as we work towards an ending. We would discuss this as the work progresses.
Is there a contract to sign?
Yes. Before we commence counselling we would both sign up to the terms contained within it.
Is everything I say confidential?
Yes, with some exceptions. As a registered member of the BACP, I have to adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework. As part of this I must meet regularly with my supervisor. The purpose of supervision is to support me, to better support you. Any support I seek, is anonymous, and the focus is predominantly on how the work is affecting me. My supervisor is also BACP accredited, and bound by the same BACP Ethical Framework.
Further exceptions to confidentiality would apply if you disclosed illegal activities such as acts of terrorism, drug trafficking or money laundering.
Finally, if I felt you might cause harm to yourself, or to others, I may move to break confidentiality, but I would always seek to speak to you about this first if possible.
Will my data be kept securely?
My computer is password protected and stored privately. Any data held is kept in password protected files. I have secure WiFi protection and up-to-date virus protection. For online sessions, Zoom is considered a secure platform using end-to-end encryption.