Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Initial telephone consultation (10 - 15 minutes long) = No charge

Assessment session (50 minutes long) =£45

Ongoing counselling sessions, including face to face, remote and outdoor counselling (50 minutes long) = £45

How long are sessions?

Sessions are all 50 minutes long, including the assessment session, face to face sessions, remote sessions and outdoor counselling sessions.

Where are you based?

I work from a dedicated therapy cabin that has calming views of fields and distant trees. If you decide to have outdoor counselling sessions instead, these will take place in a beautiful separate setting that has been thoroughly risk assessed. Both locations are on the outskirts of Peterborough, on the Lincolnshire border (PE6). I also offer sessions remotely, in which case location is no object.

Are you Registered?

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Membership number: 00830416.

What kind of counselling do you offer?

I am a Person Centred Counsellor, also using insight from Object Relations. Please follow this link to read a bit about what Person Centred Counselling is:

Do I need to be referred to you by a Mental Health team or a GP?

No, because I work privately you can refer yourself and Contact Me directly.

When will our sessions be?

I work Monday to Friday, and I will do my best to accommodate a time for you. Sessions are generally weekly, on the same day and at the same time. However, it might be possible for me to offer some flexibility around this.

How many sessions will I need?

This will depend on individual need, and you will be the person who decides how many sessions you have. You might decide to work short term (approx. 1 - 2 months), medium term (approx. 2 - 6 months), or longer term (6 months +) I will regularly check in with you to make sure that the sessions are meeting your needs.

What happens during the assessment session?

Counsellors generally start with an assessment session before entering into a therapeutic relationship with an individual. It's important that I check that I'm going to be the right level of support for you before we start our counselling work. Also, the assessment session is a great opportunity for you to see how you feel with me, so that you can decide whether or not you would like to work with me. During the session I will ask you some questions and take a bit of general information from you.

Will you ask me lots of questions?

Except for in the assessment session (see above), I won't generally ask many questions. This is because your counselling sessions are there for you to talk about whatever you need to at your own pace. It's your time.

Do you only work with Anxiety?

As well as anxiety being my niche, I also work with various other issues such as bereavement/loss, relationships, depression, sexuality, personal development, self esteem, suicidal thoughts, stress, work issues etc.

I feel nervous about coming for Counselling, is this normal?

I think for a lot of people doing anything new for the first time can be daunting, and this seems to be particularly true for starting counselling. Making initial contact can in itself be nerve wracking, which is why I will do my best to put you at ease from the beginning.

What if I don't think you're the right counsellor for me?

I believe that it is very important to find the right counselling relationship, so if after a session or two you don't feel that I am right for you, this is totally fine. If this happens, I can help you to signpost you to another counsellor if you would like me to.

Is Counselling confidential?

Yes, but there are some limitations to this regarding things like Safeguarding and Legality. When we have our first session we will talk about confidentiality in more detail. The way in which I work has been informed by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework .

Do you keep notes on our sessions?

Notes are anonymised, brief and stored securely. If you book in for an assessment session I will email a Privacy Statement to you so that you can read into this in more detail.

I live in the same area as you. What happens if we bump into one another outside of a session?

Due to the confidential nature of our relationship, I wouldn't approach you or engage in conversation if I were to see you in between sessions. If you live very nearby, I am likely to signpost you to another counsellor for boundary reasons.

I've never had counselling before. Can I still come for sessions?

Absolutely. No prior experience of counselling is necessary.

I don't have any kind of Mental Health diagnosis. Can I still come for sessions?

Yes. Whether or not you have a diagnosis, you're welcome to come for sessions. Some people come for sessions to talk about a specific issue or because they are feeling a certain way, whereas some people come as a form of well-being maintenance, even if they are feeling OK.

I don't know if my issues are big enough to warrant coming for sessions?

If something is adversely affecting your life, no matter how big or small you perceive it to be, you are welcome to explore it in therapy with me.

Do you offer discounts?

I currently do some work through a charity alongside my private work. Subsequently I don't have any other concessionary slots available, so unfortunately cannot offer any discounts at this time.

Do sessions have to be face to face?

No. There is the option to either have face to face sessions, remote sessions, or outdoor counselling sessions (See question 'Can we start outdoor counselling straight away'). Go to Services for more information.

Do the sessions only involve talking?

As well as talking we can work therapeutically using various objects, craft resources, natural materials and toys etc. We can also incorporate meditation and grounding exercises into sessions, too. These alternative methods are only ever optional, and while some people like to use them from time to time, others prefer to focus solely on talking.

Do I need to prepare anything for sessions?

No. Some people like to have a think about how they might use their next session, but others prefer not to think about it at all.

Can we start Outdoor Counselling sessions straight away?

Outdoor Counselling sessions are only offered to current clients. This is so that when we start our outdoor counselling sessions we already have a sense of trust and an established therapeutic relationship. If you are a new client thinking about getting in touch because you're interested in having outdoor counselling sessions, we would need to have some face to face or remote sessions first.

How do we end therapy?

Usually you will known when you are ready to end. When this happens we will begin to work towards an ending session.

What about if I end but then want to return in the future?

You are welcome to resume therapy after ending. However, I will only be able to offer you sessions if I have availability at that time. This means that you might need to wait for a little while for a mutually convenient slot to become available.

How do I book an appointment?

The first step will be booking in your 10 - 15 minute telephone consultation of which there is no charge. I will usually be able to book this in for you within a few working days. Check out the Contact Me page for more details.