What hours do you work?
I work during the daytime Monday to Friday and also in the evenings Monday to Thursday. My last appointment of the day is at 8:00pm. I try to be as flexible as possible because I know many people have hectic lives these days. I can offer early morning (8:00am) appointments and occasional weekend appointments are also possible
How often should I come for counselling?
That’s up to you! I normally suggest that we start off with weekly sessions. This seems to provide good continuity while also allowing you time to think about things, and make some changes in between sessions. Sometimes, however, clients want sessions more frequently to start off with – and often clients spread sessions out more as we approach an ending. Counselling is all about you, so we will meet at whatever intervals work best for you.
What is your cancellation policy?
I ask that you let me know if you are unable to attend an appointment. If you do not let me know (i.e. you just don’t turn up) I will ask you to pay the full fee for the session. If you let me know in advance (even 5 minutes notice is acceptable), I do not charge a cancellation fee.
How long will counselling take?
That’s very difficult to answer, because it varies enormously. My objective as your counsellor will be to bring you, as soon as possible, to a place where you no longer feel you need to come to see me. We will keep this under review as we go, we will talk about how you feel you are progressing; whether we are adopting the right approach; what you feel you need to achieve in order to finish counselling. Ultimately it is your choice how long you continue with counselling. To provide some sort of answer to your question, an average length of time is 6-8 sessions.
I won’t be able to come to appointments at the same time every week. Does that matter?
No. For many people, it is difficult to commit to the same time every week. In that case we can simply get our diaries out at the end of each appointment and work out when we can next meet. If you are able to commit to the same time most weeks, however, I will reserve that time for you.
What are your fees?
Where do appointments take place?
I work from my home, which is in the Woosehill area of Wokingham. If it is difficult for you to travel, I can see you at your home, but that would incur an increased fee to cover my travelling costs and time.
Do you offer telephone counselling?
Yes, I can offer counselling by phone or by Skype. However, I much prefer that our first meeting should be face to face.
What qualifications do you have?
I was originally trained by Relate and have a Post Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling. I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is the main body in the UK that accredits counsellors. I participate in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to ensure that I continue to develop and enhance my counselling skills.
How long have you been a counsellor?
I have been counselling since 2005.