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 £75. However, please get in touch even if your budget is less than this as I am sometimes able to offer concessionary spaces.
HOW DO YOU TAKE PAYMENT?
I offer payment by bank transfer, either monthly or weekly in advance. Alternatively I can provide a Stripe link for payment by credit/debit card, but this is subject to a small transaction fee.
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). I offer counselling online (via Zoom, telephone or email) and face-to-face in Langford Village, either in my consulting room or while walking and talking.
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 DOES ONLINE COUNSELLING WORK?
With online counselling, we meet at an agreed time on Zoom (live online video) or via phone and have the counselling session remotely. I am very experienced in this way of working and find it just as effective as face-to-face therapy.
WHAT'S WALK AND TALK COUNSELLING?
With walk and talk counselling, we go for a walk around the local area during our session. Some people find this more informal, making it easier for them to open up about what's bothering them. Walking and being in nature are also therapeutic in themselves. There are lots of beautiful walks around Langford Village that make ideal therapy settings, including woodland, parks and a lake.
WHAT'S EMAIL COUNSELLING?
If you prefer the written word, don't want to travel and/or don't have a confidential space for online counselling, then email counselling is a great way to have a tailored, ongoing conversation about your mental health. Each email is equivalent to a 50 minute session so it's recommended that you spend around 25 minutes writing about what's bothering you, and then around 25 minutes reading and reflecting on the response. I will always write back to you on a set day each week, and will help you think about your problems, feel better and make positive changes in your life.
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 or twice a week), 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'S YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
Counselling is a substantial emotional and financial commitment for both of us. Your session time is reserved for you and is not available to anyone else, therefore sessions are chargeable every week, regardless of your attendance. I endeavour to give plenty of notice of my absences and annual leave, and sessions are not chargeable when I'm unavailable. If you wish to end your therapy sessions, you can give four weeks’ notice at any time.
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”. I firmly believe that our challenges enable us to grow, develop strength, and find meaning in life. When you're struggling, counselling can help you wade through the mud and find your own lotus flower of happiness.