Frequently asked questions
I’m not sure whether I’ll feel ok talking to you about my problems
For counselling to be effective it’s important for you to feel safe to talk about anything and to feel that you can trust the counsellor. The first session provides an opportunity for you to talk a little about the reason you want counselling and also ask me any questions and see whether you feel comfortable talking to me. There is no obligation to book any further sessions.
What is the counselling room like?
I work at The Old Surgery, 34 High St where there are several counselling rooms, all on the first floor. If you need more accessible premises then I also offer appoinments at The Old Surgery's other address just off the High St on Church Square where there are some ground floor rooms and nearby blue badge parking.
How long is the appointment and how many will I need?
Appointments are 50 minutes long. Many people find they achieve what they want from counselling within about 8 to 10 sessions. Others choose to stay in counselling for six months or longer. If you are concerned about the cost of counselling we can agree a fixed number of sessions when we meet.
Do I have to have a counselling session each week? Does it always have to be at the same time?
I usually offer clients a regular weekly appointment on a set day and time. Some clients with busy diaries prefer to book appointments week by week. We can discuss what will work best for you at your first session.
What are your qualifications and training?
I am a qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Counselling (Gestalt Centre,2004)
and a Couples Counselling Certificate(Metanoia Institute, 2009)
I am a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited counsellor and abide by their code of practice
My background is in health information, as a manager of both a local health helpline and then a national helpline for the RNIB. This gave me experience in helping people facing a wide range of health issues and this continues to be a special interest for me.
Prior to setting up my private practice I gained a wide range of experience working as a voluntary counsellor working for MIND in Aylesbury and also at a hostel for homeless women in London.