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Individual & Couples Counselling
I work with clients in a variety of ways, depending on each clients specific needs.
In addition to face-to-face sessions, I also offer online counselling, details of which can be found here.
If you would like to know more about how you can access therapeutic support, please get in touch via telephone, email or the contact form below.
Sessions are charged at £50 for 50 minutes for individuals and £65 per hour for couples and families. Please note that whilst I am happy to work with children and young adults as part of family counselling, I do not work with children individually under the age of 16.
All sessions will be at a set time each week which is agreed by us both. Payment can be made in person or by bank transfer.
Counselling Students are eligible for a discounted rate of £40 per session. Please contact me if you wish to discuss this further.
What sort of issues can I contact you about?
You can work online with any of the issues that you would bring to a face to face counselling session. Some clients seek online counselling in order to work through difficulties such as relationship issues, bereavement, work stress, separation or emotional trauma. Others seek online counselling as a way of improving confidence and self esteem and gaining greater stability and emotional well being. Where I consider that online counselling would not be the most suitable means of support for you, I will make every effort to assist you in finding a suitable alternative source of support.
What to do in a crisis:
If you do find yourself in a crisis and feel that you need to speak to somebody urgently, please contact the Samaritans within the UK at any time on 08457 90 90 90. You might also want to consider talking to your GP or other health care professional. In an emergency please contact the appropriate emergency service.
When is online counselling not suitable?
Online counselling is not suitable for clients who find themselves in an acute crisis situation. In this case you should always contact the appropriate emergency services first; these may include A&E, your GP or the Samaritans.
Furthermore, online counselling is not suitable for clients who are suffering from feelings of self harm or suicide, psychiatric disorders or those experiencing psychotic episodes, including hallucinations, delusions.
Also, online counselling is not suitable if you need a medical diagnosis or a prescription.
Please note also that I am not able to provide online counselling to any person who is under the age of 17.
Why don’t you offer counselling via Skype or Facetime?
In order to comply with ethical recommendations and professional guidelines, we need to make sure that online counselling is secure and confidential. Neither Skype nor Facetime are a suitable platform for online therapy work. Instead we use an encrypted platform that is available for free to clients.
If my GP’s address is not a mandatory requirement, why do you ask for it?
If during the course of our sessions I feel concerned that you may be at risk of harm, either to yourself or others, it may be likely that I will need to contact your GP. Please be assured that I will never contact your GP without your prior consent.
What do BACP, MBACP, HCPC, ACTO and DBS mean?
- BACP is the acronym for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It is a governing body that sets the standards for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy. Where counsellors have the letters MBACP listed behind their names, it simply means that they are full members of the BACP and that their work is in accordance with the BACP’s ethical framework. Therapists who are accredited may use the letters MBACP (Accred), if they wish.
- HCPC is the acronym for the Health and Care Professions Council, which regulates a range of professions, including Clinical Psychologists, for whom registration is mandatory.
- ACTO stands for the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online. It is a professional association for therapists who hold additional qualifications in online practise. ACTO’s stated aims are to “promote, improve and advance online counselling and therapy.”
- DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. It is the new name of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). Therapists working with children and/or vulnerable adults need enhanced DBS checks in order to show that they do not have any convictions that would bar them from working with these groups.