I’ve tried to answer the most common questions people have about counselling however, if you are left with questions please do not hesitate to contact me through by phone, email or via my contact page.
Q: What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
A: Counselling is the term often used to describe short term support for a particular issue or situation and psychotherapy is often considered to be longer term, more in depth work. This isn’t always the case though and both terms describe a process of working with someone who is trained to offer a safe, non-judgemental space to talk through the issues that are concerning you. I use both terms interchangeably throughout my website.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help you identify issues, patterns of behaviour or thinking styles that hold you back and in doing so, identify changes you might want to make.
Q: What happens at my first session?
A: Your first session is an opportunity to explore how we might work together. We will explore what you hope to gain from counselling, the service I offer and policies around confidentiality, record keeping and scheduling. Counselling is a very personal process and it is important that you feel comfortable with me and in the counselling room enviroment. It can take a while to find the right person and it is absolutely fine to decide at the end of this first session, or indeed at any time, that you don’t want to continue with me.
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: That’s a difficult question to answer because everyone is different.
Some people come to therapy for a short time to work on a particular issue, or they may only need a couple of sessions to start the process of change and feel able to continue on their own. Other people use therapy as a space to work through issues that have been around for a long time, to support their personal growth and development or to explore how they feel about themselves, and may choose to stay in therapy for a longer time.
Ultimately you are in control of your own therapy, there is no need to book a minimum number of sessions and you are free to end therapy at any time. In any event, we will review our work together regularly to ensure your therapy is still beneficial to you.
Q: How much do sessions cost?
A: I offer an hourly session for a fee of £35 00. Most people chose to come for an hour session each week however, it is possible to chose to come fortnightly, or to opt for longer sessions. We can negotiate on the frequency and session length which best suits your needs.
Q: Where do sessions take place?
A: I work out of a dedicated counselling room in my home Cumbernauld. The room is designed to offer a safe, comfortable space for clients, with access to off street parking. I do not have a waiting room and would ask that you attend at your appointment time to ensure your privacy.
Q: How do I pay for sessions?
A: Payment is normally made in cash at the end of each session, I can provide a receipt should you wish this. Payment for telephone sessions is normally made by BACS transfer prior to the session.
Where clients are referred by employers or organisations I can make arrangements to invoice the organisation as appropriate.