How do I know that counselling will be right for me?
Many people ask this question and it is important that you feel comfortable and safe with your counsellor.
You may be wondering:-
- If your concerns are serious enough for counselling
- Whether they are too big or that they go back too far
- How will talking about your issues help
- Or you may just want to know a little more before making a decision
I can be contacted initially, either by telephone or email, where we can discuss any concerns you may have and also what you might gain from counselling.
How many sessions will I need and how often do I attend?
The number of sessions needed is very individual and varies from person to person. For some, one or two sessions can be enough while for others, longer term work is needed. The number of sessions can be agreed at the start of counselling or it can be left open-ended and reviewed at intervals. Most people come weekly/fortnightly which maintains continuity while allowing enough time to reflect between sessions. When therapy is coming to an end, the appointments can extend to a fortnightly/monthly basis until such time as you feel ready to finish. Appointments can be arranged to suit lifestyles and working patterns.
What if there are things I don't want to talk about?
The choice is always yours and I will not put any pressure on you to go a certain route. I take my lead from you and will go at your pace. Talking about feelings and situations can be difficult and I aim to work alongside you so that you feel safe. Whatever you do share with me is accepted without judgement.
What happens if I feel, at any time, that this isn't for me and I want to stop?
Again, the choice is always yours and, ideally, any reservations you may have would be discussed with me to ensure that you are getting what you want from the sessions. You can always choose not to continue with the work and I would do my best to respond to your need and refer you, to other professionals or agencies, if that was what you wished.
How long is a session, when can I see you and how much will it cost?
A standard session lasts an hour. Session lengths can be adjusted and agreed, to suit your individual needs or situation, at the onset of and during the counselling process. I can see you during the day and early evening on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and can offer some other evenings and some Saturday morning appointments by individual arrangement. I also offer telephone counselling when/if appropriate.
Payment is made by cash or cheque and accepted at the end of each face to face session. Online payments, if required, are negotiated together and are paid in advance of a session. In certain circumstances and subject to availability, lower fees may be negotiated for standard sessions. It is important to me that cost is not a prohibitive factor for you in seeking counselling. All fees are reviewed annually.
Counselling Fees: Individuals - £40 per hour; Couples - £50 per hour
What happens if I cannot come to a session?
I would appreciate if you could let me know as soon as possible if you cannot attend an appointment and we can re-schedule it, if you wish. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice or appointments missed, without giving notice, are chargeable at the full session rate.
Where can I see you?
I currently work in Largs. My venue is located in the town centre within walking distance of bus and train services and with easy access to parking. Largs has good road links to other towns and many clients travel from Kilmarnock, Ayr, Greenock and surrounding areas.
How do I contact you?
You can contact me by telephone or by email. I use a business mobile phone for my counselling work. If I am working with a client, I will be unable to answer but you can leave a private message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
or call me on 07551 312174.