Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I need to do when starting therapy?
A: All you need to do is make a commitment to yourself that you are going to put the time aside to attend the session. Don't worry about not knowing what to say in the sessions. It's okay to simply state that you don't know what to say, I will guide you. It is your time and space. There's no right or wrong thing to say. I am experienced in working with clients from differing backgrounds and with wide-ranging life histories. I am not going to be shocked or judgemental about what is happening in your life and how you are coping.
Q: What will happen?
A: During our first session we will discuss your difficulty / problems and decide how best to help you.
Q: How often should I attend or have sessions?
A: It is usual to have counselling once a week at the same time and day of the week. Due to changing work patterns I understand it is not always possible to commit to same time, so I am flexiable on times, but do recommend weekly sessions.
Q: How am I safeguarded?
A: I am registered with the British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Registrant Member with the Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA). I follow their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I also a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register. These sites are available on my Links page. I undertake regular supervision of my work .
Q: How do I make a complaint to the BACP or the COSCA?
A: Please refer to the links below, on how to make a complaint:
Q: Do you conduct Skype / FaceTime Counselling?
A: Yes, this tends to be very useful for people who cannot come to my office for a variety of reasons. Please call me or contact me via email or text to make arrangements. For more information, please see my Online page.
Q: Do I need to be referred by a Doctor?
A: No, you can contact me direct.
Q: Where does the counselling take place?
A: I work in St Albans. It is in a private location and has ample free parking available. I am 5 minutes drive from St Albans town centre and within easy reach of the M1 and M25. Or via Skype. For a map of the location, please refer to my Location page.
Q: At what times can I come for counselling?
A: My opening hours can be found on the Fees page. Please note that I tend not to conduct sessions during the School Holiday periods. However will provide Skype sessions as requested.