It is normal to feel apprehensive about starting counselling or therapy. Opening up to a person you do not know, and starting an unfamiliar process, can seem like a daunting step. If you are thinking of taking that step, in doing so you are positioning yourself in the direction of potential growth, healing and change, which can help you manage your challenges and day to day life.
Stress ~ Anxiety ~ Low self-esteem ~ Depression ~ Loss ~ Bereavement ~ Sexual abuse ~ Addiction ~ Overwhelm ~ Abuse ~ Relationship issues ~ Trauma ~ Relational Trauma ~ Bullying
If you relate to any of the above issues, when you decide the time is right, I will be here to support you.
As your therapist I will strive to create a safe, supportive space for you to explore yourself, your world and your potential, ultimately working towards developing your own personal growth - mentally, emotionally and spiritually - tailoring therapy to you and not you to the therapy.
Below are some details you may find useful, whether you have already booked a session, or are considering doing so, now or in the future.
The finer details
Where will the face-to-face counselling be held?
The rooms at Nottingham Counselling Service that embody the importance of a safe and confidential space for you to explore the issues that have brought you to therapy.
Where will the online counselling be held?
A room from my home that embodies the importance of a safe and confidential space for you to explore the issues that have brought you to therapy. It is important for you to consider your own space during these sessions to ensure they are safe and confidential.
How long will a session last?
Each session will last for 50 minutes. The number of sessions is based on the needs of each client. We can discuss this in our first session, and as we continue our work together, however you are free to end therapy whenever you feel the time is right.
What is the cost of a session?
First session = £30
Individual therapy = £45 per session.
Online therapy = £35
Payments must be made at the start of each session by bank transfer, cash or cheque.
What can I expect from my first session?
Our first session will inevitably involve some information gathering as we explore your history, and develop an understanding of the reasons bringing you to therapy. It is a mutual assessment for us both to decide if we are able to work together, and for me to understand your needs and the best way I can support you. There will also be some paperwork to complete as we discuss our therapeutic contract with each other. I follow strict codes of practice regarding client confidentiality, as established by the BACP guidelines.
How can I prepare for my first session?
There is no real preparation needed for your first session, however you might give some thought on your expectations of therapy, or goals you would like to get from therapy which will help me gain a further understanding of your objectives and needs. This will be unique for each client.