Frequently Asked Questions...

I have put together a list of frequently asked questions that you, as a client, may have or for those of you looking for a therapist on behalf of your child. If you can not find the answer to your question on this page please feel free to Contact me.

General
-How long does each session last?
Each session lasts for 60 minutes.

-How long will I need to be in therapy for?
Therapy usually takes place for 60 minutes each week. The number of sessions
will vary for each person but we can discuss this at your initial appointment.

-What happens if I can’t make an appointment?
If you are unable to make an appointment then please let me know by ringing or texting, giving 24 hours’ notice where possible.

-Where will I wait if I’m early?
As I work from home I ask you to turn up at your appointed time. This ensures that you are not sitting around waiting for your session.

-What shall I do if I’m running late?
If you are running late then please ring or text, it may be that I can’t respond straight away as I may be with another client but I will contact you to let you know that I have received your notice as soon as I’m free.

-How should I pay for my session?
You can pay for your session by cheque, cash or by mobile banking at the end of each session.

Children & Adolescents
-Will other people know what we have talked about?
What we talk about in your sessions is private so whatever you tell me stays between us.
I will only need to tell someone else if I believe that you are at risk of serious harm or you know someone else who is at risk of serious harm.
I would always let you know that I need to tell someone else before I did anything.

-What happens in the sessions?
Sessions are led by you. We can talk, play, draw, paint... whatever you think would be helpful to you on that particular day.

-How does counselling help?
The most important thing in therapy is the relationship between you and me. Having someone outside of your family and friends that you can talk to, who won’t judge you or be upset by what you think and feel can give you the freedom to speak freely about what’s going on for you. This will enable you to work through and understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Parents & Guardians
-I think my child should have counselling, but they're not too sure. What should I do?
Children sometimes feel embarrassed or scared of coming to see a therapist. If your child is agreeable we could arrange a telephone conversation to see if that would put them at ease.

-Do I need to attend the sessions with my child?
If your child would like you to attend then of course, however if your child wants to attend therapy alone we would all agree how we keep you updated. This would usually take place in review sessions where we would all be together to discuss progress to date.
For young children I would expect you to stay until your child became comfortable in my company.

-I'm struggling with issues revolving around my child. Can I see you for counselling?
I see adults as well as children and adolescents. I also provide sessions for the family. Please Contact me and we can discuss what it is you are looking to achieve.