Frequently Asked Questions

I get many questions from clients on aspects of therapy and the specifics of how the process works, hopefully your question is answered here, but you’d like to ask anything else then please contact me 

Are you a member of the BACP?

Yes – I’m a registered member of the BACP. This means that I’ve qualified to their standards and have completed their Certificate of Proficiency exam and abide by their ethical framework and professional standards, including having regular supervision and ongoing additional training. Right now I’m working towards accreditation with them as well as having further training in mindfulness and ecotherapy.

Are our discussions confidential?

A large part of any counselling relationship relies on trust and openness, and it’s understandable that confidentiality is a big concern of many clients. I’m a registered member of the BACP and am bound by their ethical framework, so I will protect any information you give me as far as I possibly can. However there are some exceptions to this and a few areas where ethically or legally I may need to share information – for example under the prevention of terrorism act. The limits to my confidentiality is something that we will discuss during our initial sessions so that you can understand what / when I may need to raise anything you say with someone else.

How long does the counselling process take?

A very difficult question to answer! It would depend on many factors but we would normally meet for an initial session and as part of that we would consider whether you are looking for short term or longer term work. Some clients prefer to look at just one aspect of an issue and have fewer sessions (6-10), others prefer to take a deeper look at themselves and may wish to have longer term therapy. Whatever you are interested in then I’d be happy to discuss further.

How long is a session?

I work with clients for sessions of 50 minutes (known as the “therapeutic hour” anecdotally down to Freud’s fondness for having a cigar between client sessions!)

 

What issues do you provide counselling for ?

Clients coming for counselling may have a range of issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship Problems
  • Gender and Sexuality Issues
  • Trauma
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Self harm
  • Readjusting to a major lifestyle change – such as a new baby, long term illness, a career change etc

In addition I’ve experience with clients with a range of diagnoses such as bipolar, generalised anxiety disorder, autism and eating disorders.

If you’re not sure whether counselling will help you then do get in touch, I’d be happy to discuss more.

 

How much do you charge?

My standard rate is £50 a session, however I offer reduced rates for those in need. Discounts are also available for those studying counselling or psychotherapy.

Payment can be made in cash, by cheque, PayPal or bank transfer.

I understand that life can sometimes get in the way so if you have to cancel or rearrange a session then please do let me know. However if we have a session and you have to cancel with less than a day’s notice then the full session cost would still be payable.

What is person centred counselling?

It’s based on an open, honest, accepting relationship. There’s a huge amount of theory and research behind it, based on the work of Carl Rogers, and it’s about a therapeutic relationship in which you feel safe to explore your issues – but that’s not to say that it won’t be challenging and difficult at times.

Person centred counselling has been around for about 70 years, and in that time a great body of evidence has been developed as to how effective it can be with a range of mental health issues including anxiety and depression.

Do you do couples counselling?

At present I only work with individuals and don’t offer couples counselling.

I’ve limited mobility, can we still work together?

Absolutely! If you’re interested in working in the outdoors in Telford, Shrewsbury or the surrounding areas then there are a few options available to those who have limited mobility, please contact me to discuss further.

Unfortunately the therapy rooms at The Practice (Shrewsbury) are on the third floor of an old building which are only available via two flights of stairs, however if you’d be interested in working together then do drop me a message to discuss what other options there might be.

 

What can I expect from the first session?

Our first session will start by discussing the counselling contract – don’t worry, this isn’t a long and complicated document but it is the agreement of how we will work together, and it is important that we make sure it is clear from the outset. I’ll go through it with you to make sure you understand it all, answer any questions you may have and discuss things such as the limits to my confidentiality. After that we will start to explore what’s brought you to counselling and the issues you’re currently facing. Towards the end of the session we will agree our further work together, normally this would be weekly sessions which would be reviewed after every eight sessions.

What’s Ecotherapy or counselling outside all about?

I came to train in counselling outdoors – or ecotherapy – because of my love of being outside and knowing how important spending time in nature was to my own wellbeing. More and more research is showing the benefit of connecting with nature for mental health issues.

Depending on what you are interested in there are a few different options, we can work in a variety of locations from local parks, to woods where we can either walk and talk or choose a spot to sit and talk together. Don’t worry though, I won’t be dragging you on a long hike, nor do we need to commit to every session being outside, however if counselling in the natural world is something you might be interested in then I’d be delighted to discuss further.

 

Who are the BACP?

The BACP are the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists – the largest professional body of counsellors in the UK. They are a member of the Professional Standards Authority and I take my membership obligations of the BACP very seriously. This means that I work within their ethical framework and am subject to their complaints procedure.

Counselling in the UK is not a protected title so no qualifications are necessary for someone to call themselves a counsellor, however as a registered member of the BACP you can be assured that I have qualified to their training standards, hold appropriate insurance and work in a professional and suitable manner.

Whereabouts are you based?

I’m work in both Shrewsbury and Telford, and my counselling locations can be found here. Predominantly I work from a therapy room in Shrewsbury, but have other meeting rooms in and around Telford, Wellington and Ironbridge. If you’re interested in working outside there are plenty of spots to choose from!