FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW WILL I KNOW YOU ARE THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR ME?
Only you can decide this. I offer a free initial phone consultation where we can have a chat and you can decide whether you feel comfortable booking a first session. Once we meet, usually by the end of the session you will have a sense of whether you feel you can work work with me or not. There is no obligation to continue and no hard feelings if you feel I am not the one for you. The most important thing in finding the right therapist is whether you feel comfortable with and can trust them.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN OUR FIRST SESSION?
At the beginning of the session, I tend to introduce myself and talk a little about my approach to therapy, and we will talk about how we agree to work together. You will then have the chance to tell me more about yourself and what has brought you to therapy. I will listen and try to understand how you are feeling. At the end of the session it will be your choice whether you decide to book in for further sessions. There will be no obligation to see me again if you decide I am not the therapist for you.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THERAPY?
A lot of clients feel nervous to begin with, but feel more comfortable as the session progresses. Often, there is a sense of relief at having someone listen and understand so closely without any judgement. Depending on what has brought you to therapy, it is normal sometimes to feel worse before you start to feel better. This is because you are facing issues and feelings that may have been buried and denied for a long time. You may become upset and cry in a session, and this is normal too – in fact, it is a good thing. By facing up to these difficult emotions, you will come through and move towards feeling better. Often, as people emerge through these difficult feelings, new sensations start to come, including empowerment, excitement, motivation, and joy.
HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?
Once a week. Evidence tells us that the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client is one of the most healing aspects of therapy. In order to develop this relationship, we have to get to know one another, and that means meeting regularly. Other than illness or holidays, your therapy will progress better if you commit to coming every week. Think of it as your time, just for you, and make you a priority. If you struggle with this, perhaps you are not in the right place for therapy, or perhaps this is the work you need to do, to accept that self care is a vital aspect of your well-being.
HOW LONG WILL WE SEE EACH OTHER FOR?
This varies greatly from person to person. I work in an open-ended way, and the choice to end therapy is always yours. Some people gain benefit from a short course of 6-12 sessions. Others with more complex issues may need longer.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
I charge between £45-£50 for a 50-minute session, payable by bank transfer at least 2 working days before the agreed meeting time and day.
This may seem a lot of money to pay every week, but your money not only pays for the time I spend with you in my room, but the work I do around that time, room rental, my professional membership, my insurance, and my supervision.
When considering the cost of weekly therapy it is worth asking yourself what is more important than your mental well-being and getting the most out of life? Therapy can provide you with many important and life-changing benefits (see my blog post for more information on this) which will hopefully more than compensate for the money spent. What greater investment than to increase your quality of life into the long term?
DO YOU OFFER CONCESSIONS?
I currently offer counselling sessions on a voluntary basis for Beacon Counselling in Stockport and am therefore not in a position to offer concessional rates outside of this. However, I do offer a discounted rate if clients book a block of 6 sessions. Please speak to me if you are interested in this and want further information.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
Once we have decided to work together, we will meet on a weekly basis and your room reservation will be held for your each week whether you attend or not. If you are unable to attend, provided you give me plenty of notice (not less than 48 hours) I will do my best to accommodate this and offer you an alternative time or date in the same week. However, if this is not possible, the full fee will be charged for the missed session. Failure to arrive for session will also incur the full fee.
WHO DO YOU WORK WITH?
I work with both adults and adolescents from age 13. I also offer skype session for those who are unable to get to Heaton Moor.
WHAT ISSUES DO YOU WORK WITH?
I work with all sorts of issues and have specific experience in working with issues including: anger, bereavement, grief, loss, identity, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, trauma, abuse, relationship issues, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, low confidence, addiction, eating disorders, and loneliness.
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO THERAPY?
I am very much person-centered in my approach to therapy as I believe that my client is the expert in their own experiences, and that therapy should offer the conditions necessary for personal change; these conditions being empathy, acceptance, and honesty within the relationship. That being said, I believe that every client has individual needs, and as such, I often make use of other techniques, including CBT, IFS (Internal Family Systems) and mindfulness.
WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS?
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) from the University of Salford. I am currently in the middle of a Certificate in Hypnotherapy.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). This means that I am committed to upholding the BACP’s ethical guidelines for professional practice and work in a safe and ethical manner.
I am also fully insured.