Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start? ▾
Come for a one-off, no-obligation session. That is the best way to decide if you like me, feel you can trust me and want to continue. We will discuss what brings you to counselling and what you hope to achieve by coming. I will also ask you questions about yourself and your history. Should I feel that your needs can be better met by another practitioner or type of counselling, I will discuss that with you.
How long will counselling take? ▾
That depends on why you are coming. Sometimes a specific problem can be understood and resolved within a few sessions. Generally, more sessions are needed for real healing, growth and transformation. An agreement to meet for six sessions is recommended. A review in the fifth session gives us both the opportunity to decide how or whether we continue.
Where do we meet? ▾
I meet with individuals and couples in Edinburgh at The Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Road, EH16 5AB. I also meet with couples in London N8, in a safe, homely environment.
If that doesn't work for you, we can meet on Sylo (a free, better quality, confidential alternative to Skype). I'll send you a Sylo invitation when we arrange our first call.
Is counselling confidential? ▾
Yes. Well-trained counsellors know the value of confidentiality because they have undertaken long-term counselling themselves as part of their training.
I am in regular supervision, a legal requirement for all practising counsellors. Both my supervisor and I abide by the BACP's ethical guidelines for respecting client confidentiality.
How often should I come? ▾
Weekly sessions are best, although it is possible to come twice a week if you prefer to do so. If we meet less than once a week it becomes difficult to maintain progress.
When can I come? ▾
Appointments are available in the daytime or evening, normally weekdays only. Evening sessions tend to be more in demand.
Where there is no other option, it is sometimes possible for couples to have Relationship Coaching at weekends (Friday evening or Saturday daytime). Other commitments prevent this being regular and the fee is slightly higher.
It is best to commit to the same time, on the same day, on a weekly basis.
How much does it cost? ▾
Counselling for individuals: £60 per 50-55 min session.
Relationship Coaching for couples: £130 per 90-120 min session.
Relationship Coaching for couples (Friday evening or Saturday daytime): £150 per 90-120 min session.
I offer a limited number of reduced-fee places. Please contact me if you require one.
Cash payments can be made at the end of each session. Online payment can be made on the day of the session before it begins.
What is your cancellation policy? ▾
The first session gives us both a chance to see if we are a ‘good fit’. If we are, and once we have agreed on the day and time of our meetings, that appointment time is yours. Regularity and commitment form an essential part of the therapeutic process. When cancellation is necessary, the following applies:
1) If I’m away, you will not be charged. I will give you advance notice of my absence.
2) If you have given me a minimum of 7 days’ notice of your intended absence you will not be charged for that session. You can do this up to four times in a 12-month period; all further cancellations are chargeable. NB: No cancellations can be made within the first 6 weeks of sessions starting.
Couple absence: 7 days’ notice of cancellation is needed, otherwise the fee is due.
Please note that I do not work at weekends, except (rarely) for Relationship Coaching.