FAQs

How much is it?

Sessions for personal therapy are charged at £35 and couples sessions at £45. Fees are payable each session in cash, by debit/ credit card or by cheque. We can discuss the preferred way for you to pay during contracting.

Please contact us about other arrangements as prices will be dependent on the service you require.

What might I come to therapy for?

This list isn’t exhaustive, so feel free to contact us if you have any queries. One may choose to come to therapy to address issues such as:

Abuse

Addiction

Anger

Anxiety

Bereavement/ Loss

Child Abuse

Depression

Eating Disorders

Fears or phobias

LGBT issues

OCD

Panic Attacks

Lack of Confidence

Low Self Esteem

Mental Illness

Post Natal Depression

Relationship Issues

Seperation or Divorce

Sexual Abuse

Stress

Trauma

Work Related Stress

How long is a session?

Standard individual therapy sessions last a ‘clinical hour’, and couples session for an hour and a half. A clinical hour is 50 minutes, to allow for change over between sessions. If a client is late to the session, we can unfortunately only run up until the pre- arranged time.

How regularly would we meet?

Sessions are usually weekly, but fortnightly is a viable option too. We can discuss different options that suit your needs during our consultation session. If you require a bespoke service, or are planning to access our other services – the way in which this is delivered will be dependent on your needs.

How do I start?

If you are interested in starting with us, or even just curious; all you need to do is get in touch and we will mutually agree on a time to meet. It really is as simple as that

What if I just want to see what it’s like?

We offer a free consultation to all of our potential clients. This isn’t a session, but is a free half hour slot to discuss what needs you may have and to gain information on how we would work together. After that, you can decide if you want to start accessing therapy, and if you feel you want to commit to start we will contract and you can access the service for as long as you feel necessary. Usually we will discuss together as we go along, how we are doing and how long we want to work for.

Can we carry straight on after the free consultation?

If you wish to we can arrange to do that and you will only be charged for the latter part of the clinical hour. For individual therapy sessions, this would mean you would pay £15 for your first ‘session.’ Appointments following on from that would be charged at the regular full rate.

What if I start and it’s not for me, or I want to stop? You mentioned a contract?

That’s absolutely fine! You are not obligated to stay and can terminate at any time; it’s usually nice to agree the ending and ‘finish off’. However, if you feel we don’t fit or that you just don’t want to continue that’s okay too. We will even help you find somewhere to meet your needs if needed.

The contract really isn’t as it sounds. It is simply an agreement we make together about the way we work, and it also serves to give you some information about the codes we work to, and some of the rules around confidentiality.

What if I miss a session, or if I need to cancel?

If you need to cancel or re-arrange, that’s absolutely fine. When we contract we will agree the notice period we are happy with and we will then adhere to that should either of us need to do so. Unfortunately, missed sessions without the agreed notice period, are still chargable. Of course, we will make allowances for exceptional circumstances. If your session is cancelled by us without proper notice, your next session will be free of charge.

Is everything we discuss confidential? Do you keep any records about me?

The space is yours to discuss whatever you like, and what we talk about will stay between us. There are circumstances where we would be obliged to break it; but you would be made aware of this. For example, if we thought you or someone else was at serious risk of harm that may be cause for us to seek help outside of the therapeutic relationship. Additionally, any disclosures concerning acts of terrorism or issues relating to the children’s act would be shared with the necessary authorities.

That aside, we will discuss some work in clinical supervision and do sometimes record for the same purpose. This is to monitor the work and our caseload, to ensure that the best service is being given. All recordings are made with consent and stored securely, and only for as long as needed. We will discuss this when we contract.

What is Clinical Supervision?

All therapists should see a clinical supervisor. This is a space to discuss workload, issues worked with and approaches used. Think of it as ‘quality control’ for therapy. Good supervision ensures that both the therapist and client are safe, and that ultimately; your needs are being met safely and efficiently. We do this in accordance with BACP regulations.

What is the BACP?

The BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) is a governing body. Check out our useful links page for more information.

 

Can’t find your question? Feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to help with any queries you may have.