Counselling is not advice or diagnosis. Person centred counselling is a confidential process of listening without judgement, and understanding how your world feels to you. We both work together so that you can make the changes you want in your life, gain valuable insights about yourself, resolve difficult feelings and make your own decisions. It can lead to learning new skills in dealing with your future life. Being listened to in confidence, with the undivided individual attention of a counsellor, is different from speaking to friends and family because the counsellor's only agenda is to help you choose what is right for you.
A session is normally 50 to 60 minutes' duration, and weekly sessions are recommended, but this can be flexible around your work patterns and commitments. The sessions can continue for as long as you feel you need them, but I will not prolong the number of sessions unless you and I both feel it is benefiting you. Missing a week due to commitments, sickness or holidays is fine, but I do ask you to let me know as soon as possible in advance.
You are in control. If you feel that you are not ready for counselling after all at this time in your life, or that it is not benefiting you, we can discuss an alternative approach that may help you, but it is always up to you if you no longer wish to attend. All I ask is that you would help me by giving feedback [if you are able] as to what you wanted to achieve and how I could have done anything differently. I would also ask that you let me know when you want to stop counselling.
I normally charge £40.00 for a 50-60 minute session., but I offer concessions for anyone on benefits or a low income, or who finds it difficult to pay the full fee. For me this is a private matter to discuss individually with each person, and to arrive at a fee they find comfortable.