FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
what do you charge?
Counselling costs £45 per one hour session.
I offer a concession to counselling students where this is a requirement of your course.
I offer a free initial consultation via phone or Zoom.
I require 24 hours notice to change or cancel an appointment, or a 50% payment is due.
Where are you?
For face-face sessions I'm based in Mannamead, less than 2 miles from Plymouth City Centre. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac with ample free parking and near regular bus routes.
I also offer phone and video sessions.
how many sessions will I need?
We can discuss this as it varies from person to person and will depend on the issues that you are bringing.
I offer both short and long term counselling.
what about confidentiality?
I take your confidentiality very seriously and we will discuss this at our first session.
How can I get the most from my counselling?
Try to go into counselling with realistic expectations. Therapy is not a quick fix solution, it's a process through which individuals can come to a greater understanding of themselves and their relationships with other people.
For counselling to be effective, it requires commitment and a cooperative effort by both the client and the counsellor. It also requires a commitment to make sometimes difficult changes in behaviour or thinking patterns.
Be prepared. Take some time before the session to consider your expectations for that session. This will enable you to think about how to describe your feelings and focus on a particular issue early in the session, leaving plenty of time to fully explore what you are bringing.
Spend time between sessions reflecting on what was discussed in the previous session. Reflect on how you’re feeling on a daily basis, this will help you to feel more comfortable talking about your feelings.
Be honest and open. Not just about the issues you are bringing and how you feel, but also about whether the sessions are working for you. Counselling isn't 'done to you' but is about you and your counsellor working together.
Be patient with yourself and the process. Growth takes time, effort and patience.
The end result of effective counselling is personal growth and self awareness that empowers you to take control of your life and enjoy positive, life-affirming relationships with others.