What will happen during the first session?
The first session is an opportunity to meet each other and see whether we can work together. I will ask you about your situation, and the factors that have brought you to counselling. We can discuss any goals you would like to work towards, and you can ask me questions about the way I work. It’s normal to feel nervous at the start of counselling sessions, especially if you have not had counselling before, but this is a safe space where you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.
Towards the end of the session, if you think you want to work with me, we will discuss the focus for our work together, and I will ask you to read and sign a client agreement. We will also agree when to meet, payment and other practicalities.
Will our discussions be confidential?
Our sessions are strictly confidential and will not be discussed with anyone. There are however some circumstances when I am legally obligated to break confidentiality, for example if I believe you are at risk or a young or vulnerable person is at risk.
I would always discuss this with you beforehand. I also meet regularly with a Supervisor to ensure that the work we do together is at the highest standard. Any details I disclose about our work together will be anonymous. I keep process notes following sessions, you are welcome to access these at any time.
How often will we meet and for how long? How many sessions will I need?
People usually choose to meet at the same time once a week. You may prefer to meet fortnightly. Sessions last 50 minutes. The number of sessions depends on your needs. Some people see improvements after a few sessions, others need longer. We will normally meet for six session, with the possibility of extending this as required.
Can you tell me what my child talks to you about?
When working with children and young people it is important that confidentiality is maintained and the individual feels safe to talk. I will only break confidentiality if the young person discloses an intent to self harm, or to harm others, or if they are in danger of being harmed.
I have an up to date DBS check and attend regular safeguarding training to keep up to date with assessing risk in young people.
It can be a daunting prospect to come to counselling for the first time, for adults and young people alike. It is always possible to accompany your child for the first 10 minutes of their session, if that makes it easier.
What are your fees?
I charge £40 per session, payable by cash, cheque or online transfer.
I have some concessionary rates available for students, the unemployed and those on low income. Please contact me for more information.
When do you see clients?
I see clients evening or day, Monday to Friday.
Where are you based?
I am based at two locations in Bristol: Fulcrum House which is just off Whiteladies Road (postcode BS6 6UJ) and the Practice Rooms on Castle Street, Exeter (postcode EX4 3PT)