FAQs

When Can I Make An Appointment?

Please contact me by email to discuss availability – which can vary depending on the work I’m undertaking at any given time.

What happens if I’m late?

Normally we just continue until what is left of the allotted time is up. In some cases, extra time is just added on to the end if it is just a matter of a few minutes or so, depending upon when my next appointment is scheduled.

I am under 18 can you help me?

No, because I would need the permission of your parent or guardian before I could continue.

Why are there no testimonials on your website?

Any client providing a testimonial for me to help gain more clients would be seen as a conflict of interest. A therapist may unknowingly and wrongly influence the client to help them and the client is then helping the therapist. Confidentiality may also be put at risk if the therapist is asked provide contact details to prove that testimonials are genuine to a government advertising standards authority or prospective clients.

Can you help me for free?

Unfortunately I cannot help people for free. I do provide a concessional rate through a charity I work for (Anxiety UK) when I can. If you would like a 15-20 minute chat, to discuss therapy and a way forward for you, then I am very happy to offer that free of charge.

Social Networking

Due to the confidential nature of our work and to protect the counselling relationship, I do not follow or befriend current or past clients on social networks. If you follow my professional page or feeds on Facebook or Twitter I will not reply to comments or tweets.

Do you offer fortnightly or monthly sessions?

For counselling to be most effective it is important to meet weekly. This regularity helps us build our relationship which is key to Person Centred counselling. Through previous experience I found meeting fortnightly slows things down making it difficult for us to make progress. If it is difficult for you to afford the time/money to commit, we can agree to work in a short-term way to an agreed set number of sessions.

I'm not sure if my problem is serious enough

All issues and difficulties are important. Seeing a therapist may help you make sense of what is going on and how you are coping. Often, therapy  can be viewed as a last resort, when we feel in crisis. However, many of us also see it as a way of looking after our emotional wellbeing, which can help to stop us reaching crisis point.

How confidential are my sessions?

In accordance with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, therapy sessions in whatever format, are strictly confidential except under the following circumstances:​​ ​

  • If I believed there is a serious risk of harm, either to yourself or to others, I reserve the right to break confidentiality and may have a duty of care to do so. I would always try to discuss this with you first​.
  • If I was required by a Court order to disclose information​.
  • If I became aware of any involvement in acts of terrorism​​​.
  • In accordance with BACP’s Ethical Framework 2018, I discuss my work from time to time with a qualified clinical supervisor. Your identity is never revealed and my supervisor is also bound by the BACP’s Ethical Framework. Engaging in clinical supervision is standard practice for all credible therapists in the UK.