How many sessions can I have?

The number of sessions you have will be completely under your control, some client's only work for a few sessions and others can have many sessions. Counselling is not a place to chat, it is a therapeutic space to explore problems and concerns you may have. We will review often to make sure you are still gaining useful insights and are improving in the areas that were troublesome. Sessions are usually every week which may taper down to fortnightly when you feel you are getting close to ending your sessions.

How can a Counsellor Help?

A Counsellor helps you to address problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify issues,  increase self awareness and to  explore options and  develop strategies to deal with difficult situations. Therapy can be helpful for a broad range of issues and problems. Some of the more common reasons people seek therapy are: depression or low mood, stress and anxiety, fears and phobias, trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger management, eating and body image issues, self-harm, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), abuse and many, many more issues

How can I be assured of a practitioners' professionalism?

By choosing a therapist registered with a professional body you can be reassured that they have met the standards of training and experience required by that organisation. Most professional bodies will also have a Code of Ethics that outlines the way their members should work, and a complaints process to follow if things don’t work out as planned - so you know you’re in good hands. I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

What does it mean if my Counsellor is Accredited?

To become accredited, members must complete many hours of training, practice and supervision and go through a rigorous application and assessment process.
A BACP accredited member is an experienced practitioner who has:
  • a high standard of core training meeting substantial, specific BACP requirements for advanced practice.
  • accumulated 450 or more fully supervised clinical practice hours, of which a third are post qualifying.
  • at least three years of clinical practice.
  • supervision for a minimum of 1.5 hours per month while in practice.