FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT HAPPENS IN A FREE CONSULTATION?
This is a brief, no-obligation chat, either online or over the phone, where you can share a little bit about what's brought you to counselling and ask any questions before deciding whether or not to book a full counselling session.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A FIRST COUNSELLING SESSION?
This is a bit like a counselling taster. We will go into more detail about what's bothering you and consider what help you need. I will ask various questions to learn about you, your experiences, and your hopes for counselling, and we can both see if us working together is a good 'fit'. If you want to continue with counselling, we will set a set a regular time slot and discuss frequency of sessions, payment arrangements and cancellation terms.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
I offer an initial online or phone consultation (15-20 minutes) free of charge. Full counselling sessions (50 minutes) are £60 online and £75 face-to-face. Concessionary rates are available for dancers, performers, students and people on a low income - please ask for more details.
WHAT TYPE OF THERAPY DO YOU OFFER?
I'm trained in a variety of different counselling and psychotherapy styles and tailor my approach according to each client's individual needs. My main training is in psychodynamic counselling/psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Historically, counselling was more like supportive listening and psychotherapy was a deeper and more insight-based therapy. However, the two terms are now often used interchangeably. I'm qualified as both a counsellor and psychotherapist, and tailor my support to your individual needs.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE COUNSELLING?
There's no right or wrong answer for this. Most clients have one session a week, but I can also be flexible - if you would like a different frequency (such as fortnightly, twice a week or ad hoc), we can discuss this in your first session.
HOW LONG DOES COUNSELLING TAKE TO WORK?
Many clients notice a difference after only one or two sessions, however it takes longer to go deeper and get to the root of issues. I see most clients on an open-ended basis.
WHAT IF I NEED URGENT SUPPORT?
If you're in crisis – for example, you're thinking about committing suicide or seriously harming yourself or others - you can seek immediate help by calling 999, going to your local A&E department, or contacting the Samaritans.
WHY IS THERE A LOTUS FLOWER IN THE LD THERAPY LOGO?
In 'No Mud, No Lotus', Thich Nhat Hanh says: "Suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud”. When you're struggling through the mud, counselling can help you grow, develop and find your own lotus flower of happiness - hence why I use the lotus symbol in the LD Therapy logo.