People often wonder what counselling will be like and what to expect, so I have answered some common questions here:
How much do you charge?
My current fee is £40 per 60 minute session.
An initial meeting is £15.
Do you offer a reduced rate?
I offer a reduced rate for block bookings at £140 for four sessions. This can be for short term counselling or ongoing for longer term counselling.
Also currently offering a reduced rate of £20 per session on Monday Wednesday Friday mornings at 10am to clients on a low income.
Do you offer an introductory session?
I offer a 30 minute initial meeting and this is an opportunity to meet and see if we feel comfortable working together and to discuss if I can help you. This first session costs £15.
What if I need to miss a session?
You can let me know during a session or by phone or email. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, so if a session is cancelled by a client with less that 24 hours notice then the full session fee would be payable.
What payment methods do you accept?
You can pay by cash or bank transfer. Please pay bank transfer before to the session.
How long does a session last?
Each session lasts for 60 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
It’s hard to say. Some people only need a few sessions and some people come for a few months. We can review our work every few weeks to see how things are going and to make sure you are still getting what you need from counselling.
My opening hours are 10am to 7pm Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays.
Is what I tell you kept confidential?
Yes because confidentiality is very important during counselling and anything you tell me will be kept confidential. There are a few exceptions to this which would be if a client tells me that they or someone else is at risk of significant harm, or if I have a legal obligation to. I will explain this further during our first initial session. I have regular supervision and I may discuss our sessions with them and this is to ensure you are getting the most effective counselling I can offer. I do not tell my supervisor any of my clients names, so your identity will be kept confidential.
What can I expect in the first session?
My counselling room is comfy and homely and hopefully you will feel relaxed and safe. We begin by discussing the reasons you feel you would like counselling, what you would like to work on, and why you feel that now is the right time. You may not know what you want or need and that’s ok, we can explore that and take it one step at a time.
Where are you based?
My counselling office is in an office block in Littlehampton town centre. The address is: The Loft Arcade Business Centre, 2a Arcade Road Littlehampton West Sussex BN17 5AR. (Press the buzzer that says ‘The Loft’ and walk up two flights of stairs).
Do you have disabled access?
Unfortunately there is no disabled access to my office. You could contact Dove Lodge which is located in Beach Road Littlehampton as they do have counsellors that work from their building which does have disabled access.
What qualifications do you have?
Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy
Transactional Analysis TA 101
Counselling Skills Level 3
Counselling Skills Level 2
NVQ Level 3 Care
What training and experience do you have?
For my counselling training I worked with clients with drug and alcohol addiction for two years. Other areas I have experience of working with are: anxiety, carer support, confidence building, dementia, depression, family issues, loss, low self esteem, panic attacks, passive aggressive behaviours, postnatal depression, PTSD, relationships, shame, stress, suicidal thoughts, toxic shame, trauma.
I have recently completed a lengthy training course on the topic of rape and sexual abuse for my volunteer role for a charity for survivors.
I can offer general counselling for most difficulties and I also have experience, specialist training and interest in: addiction, substance abuse, rape and sexual abuse, emotional abuse, boundary setting, understanding manipulative behaviour and toxic relationships. I have a special interest in narcissistic/emotional abuse, and helping people recognize the signs and tactics of manipulative behaviour in others, in order to help clients protect themselves from further abuse within their relationships. I am also passionate about empowering people to discover their true identities, take ownership of their lives, and identify any destructive or toxic relationship patterns that might be preventing them from truly enjoying their lives.
I have also worked in elderly care including dementia and end of life cancer care for many years, and I sometimes teach the many physical and mental health benefits of dance.