Frequently asked questions-6

Does counselling work?

Research* has shown that almost 80% of people receiving counselling improved to a greater extent than those who did not seek help. It is also found to be as effective as medication for many forms of psychological distress.

(*Cooper, M. (2008). Essential research findings in counselling and psychotherapy. London: Sage).

Is counselling right for me? 

We can explore this at your initial appointment. This will give you the opportunity to talk about your concerns and your expectations, as well as ask any questions. We would also discuss how we would work together and any practical details.

You will then have time to decide whether counselling feels right for you, and if it doesnt, there is no obligation to continue.

How do I know you are qualified?

As a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), my credentials have been checked and approved. This can be viewed on the BACP register.

Is counselling confidential?

All sessions are confidential. In a few circumstances, I may have to breach confidentiality, for example, if you were at risk of harming yourself or others. This would be discussed in further detail during the first session.

How many sessions will I need?

This will vary for each person. Some people need short-term counselling, consisting of a few sessions, whilst others may need to see a counsellor over a longer period of time. We can discuss this during your first session.

How much does it cost?

£45 for a 50-minute session.

How often will we meet?

Sessions are usually weekly.

What is your availability?

I am available on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am-6pm.

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