Your questions answered…
What happens in our first session?
When you contact me, we arrange a time to meet and talk about your concerns. This is a no-obligation meeting which allows us to see how we might work together and allows me to consider the best way forward for you.
If we agree to continue, we arrange a time to meet regularly each week. Each session lasts 50 minutes. This will be your regular time slot until such time as you choose to finish.
Where do we meet?
We meet in a quiet, comfortable room – either at my clinic in Ashurst Wood, West Sussex, or in Little Venice, London W2.
Together we work calmly within an accepting, non-judgemental and empathetic space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and we can find ways through your difficulties.
How long does it take?
This is very personal and can depend upon why you’re coming to counselling.
Sometimes we might agree, before starting, on a limited number of sessions to explore a specific issue. At other times we can leave it open until such time as you feel ready to finish.
It’s your decision how long you stay in counselling. We will regularly review the process and your thoughts and feelings about how you’re getting on, and if you are getting what you need from it.
How do I get to you?
I can see you at two different locations, depending upon which is easiest for you. For details, click here.
How much does it cost?
You’ll find details of my fees here.
What about confidentiality?
Rest assured that anything you share with me is in complete confidence and will remain that way, unless you instruct me otherwise. Information you share is never disclosed to others (outside of required professional supervision) unless there is a serious risk of harm to yourself or others. In this instance I would always seek to discuss this with you first.
The testimonials on my website are from genuine people with whom I’ve worked, who have given me permission to share their thoughts. For reasons of confidentiality, only their initials are given.
What if we meet outside my sessions?
Because I work and live in Ashurst Wood near East Grinstead, my policy is that should we meet in passing and should you acknowledge me, I shall briefly acknowledge you too, in order to preserve your confidentiality.
What if I'm unhappy with my counselling?
Please share with me any concerns which may arise during your counselling. We can nearly always find a way through, and your thoughts can provide invaluable opportunities for insight.