Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to consider before choosing you as a counsellor?

When you are looking for a counsellor, your instinctive response to the information which the counsellor puts before you and the way it is presented is very important in informing your choice.  I hope that viewing this website gives you some insight into me and my work.  Perhaps there is an element of my life experience which strikes a chord with you and suggests to you that we might be a good "fit".  If so, don't ignore you gut feeling - get in in touch.  If you have not had counselling before, you may also want to know more about the practicalities and the process before taking the next step of contacting me.  Below you will find a compilation of the most common questions I’ve been asked about the services which I provide. If you still have questions about the work that I do after reading through the FAQs, please give me a call or send me an email and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Do you work face-to-face or online?

I am working both online and face-to-face from June 2021. I will negotiate with you how we work together in the all the currently prevailing circumstances.

What is Gestalt counselling?

The aim of Gestalt counselling is to increase the client's awareness of their own experience in the present moment - thoughts, feelings, emotions, responses, reactions, intuitions.  We may block these natural responses now when something historically in the environment (eg parents, family, school, society) has convinced us that they are unacceptable or, perhaps, dangerous.  One of my favourite insights is that of Joel Latner writing in "The Gestalt Therapy Book": "Our impasse is the result of the conflict between our free-functioning concern for our own needs and what we believe we can do and survive.".  As one of the founders of Gestalt psychotherapy, Fritz Perls, said: "Lose your mind and come to your senses.".

How will Gestalt counselling help me?

Gestalt  counselling will  help  you to respond more realistically to what is before you.  By "responding realistically", I mean that it will help you to appreciate your circumstances and your response to them in a way that better corresponds to reality, including understanding the realistic choices which you have in the situation in which you find yourself.

If I want to go ahead, what do I do?

I understand that you may find it difficult to seek help.   All you need to do is to text or email me and I will respond, usually within 24 hours.

How will you respond to my initial enquiry?

At the moment, I am working with clients on the telephone and online via Zoom.  In response to your initial enquiry, I will respond by text or email to ask you when you are available for an initial session and whether you would prefer sessions to take place on the phone or on Zoom.  We will then set up a first meeting and I will send you an email confirming the arrangement and payment details.

What happens at the initial session?

At the initial session, we can discuss what it is that is troubling you and what the way forward might be for you.  If you have not had counselling before (or even if you have), I will be happy to answer any questions which you may have about the counselling process.  The initial session is an exploratory session where we will discuss the difficulties which you have, the way forward for you and any concerns which you have about the counselling process.  We can discuss what your needs are from counselling, eg whether you need to work short-term or long-term, and contractual issues such as confidentiality and fees.  The initial session gives us both a chance to consider whether we want to work together.

Do you charge for the initial session?

Yes, I charge the usual fee for this session.  This session begins our work together and I aim to use it to help you to gain some insight into what is troubling you.

What are your fees and how do I pay them?

The fee for each session is £60.00 and the session lasts 50 minutes. When you book the initial session, I ask you to pay the fee for the session in advance.  Once we have agreed to work together, I ask you to pay weekly in advance so you pay £100.00 prior to the first session after the initial session, £50.00 prior to each subsequent session and nothing at the final session.  I accept payment by bank transfer or by Paypal (you do not need a Paypal account for this).  I have policies for cancellations and breaks in the counselling sessions and for termination of counselling.  I am happy to discuss these with you and to provide you with written terms.

What are your ethical framework, terms of business and your privacy policy?

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to the BACP’s Ethical Framework.  You can find a copy of the Framework on the BACP’s website - https://www.bacp.co.uk/ - or I can supply you with a hard copy, on request.  My BACP registration number is 0075801.  My terms of business and privacy policy are also available in writing on request.  Click on the Read More button at the top of the FAQs to see my specimen terms of business.  See also the Privacy Notice page of this website which contains a link to my privacy policy.