Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions that people ask about counselling. If there is something that still isn't answered here, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.
How do I know if I need counselling?
You may wish to start receiving counselling to gain clarity or untangle personal issues for self-development or you might just want to share your feelings or change old patterns. Many people are put off counselling because they feel it’s a sign of weakness or that they can't cope with things on their own. This is very far from the truth. Admitting to yourself that you need help or need someone to talk to is a strength, not a weakness.
Everyone experiences some issues during life.If you still are experiencing distress and if these issues continue to affect your life, relationships, roles, and work; then get in touch.
What sort of issues can I bring to counselling?
There are all sorts of issues and problems you can bring to counselling. Many problems that affect your emotional and physical wellbeing. If problems lie outside my area of expertise I will signpost you to the right person.
Do you offer counselling in other languages?
Yes, I also offer counselling in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.
What will happen in my counselling sessions?
Initial Telephone Consultation
The initial telephone consultation gives time for me to consider the concern or issue(s) which you want to potentially bring to therapy. I will consider how I might best support you and provide you with the options available in taking a course of therapy. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have about me or counselling in general. We will then book our first assessment.
First Assessment Session
During our first assessment we will discuss in more detail what has prompted you to contact us; the issue as you see it and any past or current background information you are willing to share at this point. I will talk through how we can best approach your concerns and how this will be shaped by us both over the coming sessions. You will have a chance to ask me any questions about how I work or voice any concerns you may have.
In the session you will be free to talk about your problems and your situation and you will be listened to carefully. I will seek to obtain a deeper understanding of you as possible and find out what is troubling you. I will ask questions that are designed to therapeutically enhance your thinking, your emotions, your behaviour and your way of relating to others. Occasionally you might be puzzled by my questioning. In this case, I would invite you to say so, but also to bear with me - there will be a reason I am pursuing a particular line of enquiry which may not always be immediately obvious. Frequently through sessions we will examine what is happening in the 'here and now' - using your reactions and experiences to generate change and insight, and exploring our relationship and finding opportunities for you to find new ways of relating to others and new ways of being.
Generally speaking, therapists do not tell people what to do with their lives - but rather they assist clients to make their own decisions and have the courage and conviction to act upon their decisions.
We will regularly review our work together, assess progress and look at how we are relating to each other and how we are both experiencing our relationship together.
How many sessions will I require?
The frequency of sessions is variable and is dependant on your needs. We would discuss the frequency of sessions in the regular reviews of our work. The overall length of time you will be in therapy depends upon the nature, severity and extent of your problems and the issues we are addressing and is also determined by how long you want to take. Some people achieve the results they want in just a few weeks, others may take months or even years. It is important that we go at the pace that suits you.
Will my counselling sessions be confidential? Will my privacy be respected? What are the exceptions?
I abide by and adhere to the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework. As part of that framework, I practice confidentiality with all of my work. This means that you can speak with me knowing that your friends, your family, your work colleagues and so on will not get to learn what you have said in a counselling session – and neither will my friends, family, work colleagues and so on.
There are three exceptions to this: disclosures involving the Terrorism Act; disclosures of yourself as being a danger to others; disclosures which require me to act within my duty of care under the Children Act. All counsellors have to be in regular supervision and some of the material of the sessions would at times be discussed with my supervisor, in an anonymous form.
How do I make an appointment?
Easy! Please call me on 07872 859 616 to arrange an appointment. Alternative you can use the contact form on this website. If i'm in a session please do leave a voicemail or text message and I will contact you back.
How long does each session last?
The initial telephone consultation is 15 minutes.
The first assessment session will last 50 minutes.
Each session will last for 50 minutes from the time that has been booked.
Can I book a one off session?
This all depends on your individual needs. No person is the same. We can discuss this in our initial telephone consultation and see how counselling would best benefit you.
How much does it cost? When do I pay for the session?
Here are the breakdown of costs:
15 minute initial telephone session - FREE
First assessment session (50 minutes) - £50
Subsequent sessions -
£50/session (Face to Face)
Students (with student ID) - £40
Unemployed (with proof of unemployment) - £40
Over 60's - £40
All payments must be paid before we begin each session.
If you block book sessions I can offer a discount on the overall cost. This will be discussed at our initial consultation.
How can I pay for my therapy sessions?
You can pay in the following way:
You can pay by cash at the beginning of each session.
You can pay by direct transfer to my business account. This would be the easiest way for you. I would provide you the s/c and a/c before we begin our sessions, you could do this via telephone or internet banking or by going into your branch.
What is the cancellation procedure? What If I can't make my session?
Please contact me straight away if you can't make a session. This will allow me to reschedule at a time that suits you.
If you cancel within 24 hours or don't attent your session (no-show), the full session fee will be charged.
There is a range of valid reasons for cancelling an appointment. In order to be consistent with all clients, cancellation fees will only be waived in the event of a medical emergency requiring urgent professional treatment, a death in the family, or natural disaster.
If for any reason you are running late for your appointment please let me know. Regardless of the time you arrive, your session will still finish at the booked time.
Are you available 7 days a week?
Yes absolutely, you can book an appointment with me any day of the week, morning, afternoon right through to the evening. Depending on availability, you may be able to get same-day bookings as well. I will always try my best to accomodate a time that suits you.
Can I refer someone I know to counselling?
Yes, of course. You can refer anyone you may think will benefit from counselling.
Can a counsellor prescribe medication if I need it?
No a counsellor cannot prescribe any kind of medication. If there is an emergency contact your GP or nearest medical centre.