The first session will be used as an exploration. In this session, you can share what you have been struggling with and what you are hoping to get from counselling. I will explain how I work, talk through the counselling agreement and answer any questions you might have. If we are both happy working together, we can arrange a timeslot that works best going forward.
Life happens, I fully understand that and there may be times where you can’t make a session.
If you feel you cannot make a session, please give at least 48 hours’ notice. If you give less than 48 hours’ notice, you will be charged the price of the session unless there are exceptional circumstances.
In the event that I have to cancel a session, I will make the best attempt to give at least 48 hours’ notice.
If you are planning on going on holiday, please let me know and we will have that as a planned break.
If you miss two sessions in a row without contacting me with a reason, your slot will be cancelled.
The price of the exploratory session is £30.
The price of a standard session is £50.
Payment should be made 48 hours before the session. If payment has not been received before the session, then that session will not go ahead. I will contact you 24 hours before the session if the payment has not been received.
If you are unable to pay for whatever reason, please contact me and we can discuss what to do going forward.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As such, I am bound by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions.
You can find out more about that by following this link: https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/
The person-centred approach is based on a belief that people understand themselves the best and that if they have unconditional support from others that they can find the best path for them.
There are three core conditions that person-centred counsellors should be providing. These are:
Putting yourself in the shoes of the other person and attempting to stick as close to the feelings they are experiencing as possible.
This is about providing positive regard to the other person no matter what they say or do.
This is about me as a counsellor knowing what is going on for me and what I’m feeling in the moment. This is important as if something comes up for me, I don’t confuse it for something that might be happening for you. It can also be useful as sometimes something might be coming up for me that might be related to what you are going through which could be useful. As such, it is important to know the difference.