How does counselling work?

Appointments are usually once a week so that we get to know each other and maintain therapeutic momentum, and each session lasts for 50 minutes. In individual work, we can work for a short period of time and with a specific focus, or we can work on an open-ended basis, which is more suitable for deeper and more complex problems.

Generally, you will have a sense of when you are ready to finish counselling. It is important to take time to end counselling properly, so that we can review the journey you have been on and the progress you have made, as well as planning strategies for future challenges that you may anticipate.

I work face to face, by phone and also online platforms. Telephone or online sessions (eg Zoom or FaceTime) can work well if regular face-to-face sessions are difficult for health, childcare or other reasons.

Confidentiality

Anything discussed between us in a counselling session is confidential. Supervision is required by the BACP Ethical Framework and I have regular supervision where I might discuss our work with my professional supervisor. This enables me to work as well I can with you, and in this process your identity is not shared. My supervisor is also bound by the UKCP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

In exceptional circumstances, if I were concerned about your safety or that of someone close to you, I would seek your permission to break that confidentiality - but this situation would always be discussed with you first.  

In the case of a disclosure regarding fraud, drug trafficking, or acts of terrorism (in line with the Terrorism Act 2000), I would be bound to pass on information to the relevant authorities. If you would like to, we can discuss this more in an initial session or by phone.

Fees

I offer a free, 20 minute initial phone consultation

Individuals: £45 (50 minutes) 

Couples and families: £55 (60 minutes) 

Counselling students: £35 (50 minutes)

Fees are payable on, or before, the day of the session by bank transfer or cash.

Cancellation Policy

There will be no charge if more than 24 hours notice of cancellation is given. If you cancel within 24 hours, the full fee will be charged although I will try to offer an alternative during the same week.

Location

I am based centrally within Keynsham, which is within easy commuting distance of both Bristol and Bath. There is excellent public transport within walking distance and free parking on the street.

“Counselling with you has been essential, helpful, and life-changing”