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Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase ~ Martin Luther King

Frequently asked questions

How long will I have counselling for?

The length of your therapy depends on you, it could be as short as six weeks or it could be longer. It will be flexible for you, you may feel as though you have been able to work through things in a short time, or you may feel you need longer. 

Some people use between 6 and 12 sessions to work on a specific problem or issue until they feel able to handle it themselves, other people attend for a longer time in order to gain deeper perspectives on themselves.

After 6 sessions we will have a review on your process and then at regular intervals thereafter. 

Will my counselling be confidential? 

Everything we discuss is confidential. 

I work confidentially, and everything you tell me will be held in the strictest confidence with the exception being:

If I believe you are a serious risk to yourself or others.

I will clarify this and speak further about it at our initial meeting.
 

I will not disclose your personal information with anyone and your information will be held securely under the terms of the Data Protection Act.

I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework which mandates I am supervised in my practice, this is to support and scrutinise my process as a therapist. Within supervision I focus on the counselling work and do not discuss names or personal details.

Are you insured? 
Yes, I hold professional liability insurance

What kind of issues do you deal with?
I deal with a vast range of emotional and psychological difficulties. These things may be triggered from your past or things that are happening in your life right now. They could be how you feel about yourself, your relationships or even your ability to cope.

You may have complicated thoughts or feelings which you may find challenging to express in a healthy way. Sometimes you may feel completely overwhelmed or anxious and are unsure what to do.

I will ask you a few questions in the initial meeting to find the best way of helping you.

URGENT HELP - Are you in crisis? 

If you are feeling like you need urgent support or help, if you are having strong suicidal thoughts, intrusive thoughts or feelings of hurting yourself or another person or you are in need of urgent psychological help, please contact:

  • 999 (Emergency Services) and ask for help, they will send help to you

  • Please take yourself to Accident and Emergency (A&E)

  • Please contact the Samaritans  FREE on 116 123

  • Please contact Childline FREE on 0800 1111