Counselling or psychotherapy?
The different terms counselling and psychotherapy can be confusing. Both are processes whereby you can work through issues which cause you pain or discomfort in a safe and supportive environment with someone who is trained to listen to you attentively and in a supportive way, without judgement. Psychotherapy tends to focuses on exploring your past experiences to understand how they are affecting you in the present day. Working in this way usually takes longer. Counselling is sometimes more goal focused and can be shorter in length.
Is counselling confidential?
The things that we discuss in your sessions are confidential and I comply with the BACP Code of Ethical Practice. However, there are exceptions, for example, if I believed a child to be at risk or if I believed you to be at serious risk of suicide I would need to disclose this information.
How long does counselling last?
The number of sessions needed will depend on the presenting issues and the depth to which you would like to explore these. We will discuss this during the initial assessment.
How much does it cost for the weekly sessions?
Fees are £50 per session.
How do sessions work?
At your first session I will make an initial assessment of your needs. This is also an opportunity for you to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you. If you decide to go ahead we will agree how many sessions you would benefit from attending. We will then meet each week at the same day and time. Each session lasts 50 minutes.
Where do the sessions take place?
Most sessions take place on a face to face basis. I offer sessions in South Woodford in east London in a quiet room which is very centrally located near the tube station which is on the central line, with good links to other tube lines, the DLR and overland services. There are also good local bus links and free and metered parking nearby. I also have some online only appointments, working over Zoom.
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