Counselling and Psychoterapy FAQ's
Q.1. How can I have therapy now I am staying in because of Coronavirus?
A. I offer sessions via both telephone and video call.
Q.2 Are sessions via video call or telephone effective
A. In these times we need to be creative and evidence shows that video calls are effective for counselling sessions, this is still face to face and with technology today is usually smooth running with no interruptions. Phone calls are effective for those who prefer to be contacted in this way and although you may feel you would like to have face to face contact for the meanwhile government advice is that we do not meet face to face. Anxiety still exists during these times and in fact can be higher so having telephone counselling and knowing your counsellor will explore your worries without judgment can be invaluable, so yes telephone counselling can be effective.
These options can, in fact, be more flexible as I have no office to get to and you don't need to travel either.
Q.3. What happens when Corona virus is under control
A. Once the government gives the all clear to work outside of the home, I will offer all my cliens the option of staying as a telephone or video call client or swapping to face to face sessions within my office.
Q.4. How many sessions will I need?
A. If you have a single problem you wish to work through, we could work within time limited therapy. We would discuss this at the first session, ideally the work would cover at least 6 sessions.
Open ended work is just that and suitable for people wishing to work holistically with life changes or traumas, for instance. Throughout open ended therapy we will regularly assess the work in our sessions and what you wish to happen going forward.
Q.5. Is it important to have counselling each week?
A. It is important to attend sessions at least once a week to gain optimum benefit for you, however I also understand that times are changing and accept clients that would like to attend fortnightly, as this is beneficial too.
Q.6. How long are the sessions?
A. Each session is 50 minutes in length.
Q.7. I can't attend sessions during the day, what can I do?
A. If it is impossible for you to attend sessionsduring the day, i do offer some evening and early morning appointments.
Q.8. What if I am nervous and have questions to ask about counselling?
A. This is understandable and I offer a phone consultation to answer any questions you may have.
Q.9. How much will it cost me?
A. Counselling sessions for individuals cost £60 and last 50 minutes
I do offer some concessions for those in need, please ask.
Q.10. How do I pay for my sessions?
A. Sessions can be paid for by cash on the day or by bank transfer before the session takes place. Bank details will be found on the paperwork you receive in your first session, so it may be wise to bring cash to the first session.
Q.11. What if I can not attend my session?
A. If you can not attend your session, let me know as soon as possible. There is a 48 hour notice period after which time your session will be charged in full. In exceptional circumstances I may be able to reschedule your appointment.