FAQs

How do sessions take place?

I am currently offering all counselling sessions in person, via video or telephone call. Get in touch.

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Fees and Concessions

Therapy costs between £60 to £120 per appointment for individuals, couples, families and groups up to 3 people, please make contact to discuss your requirements. My fee reflects my level of training and experience.

I offer an initial 20-minute telephone/video call assessment session free of charge. After this session, there is no obligation for you to take up counselling with me.

Discounted rates are also available for Trainee Counsellors and those on low income. Please feel free to ask.

Payments can be made by bank transfer or cash.

E-therapy may be charged at a higher rate to allow for time taken dealing with any internet issues.

Other ways to get support

The Samaritans
Tel: 116 123 | Email: jo@samaritans.org | www.samaritans.org

Steps2Wellbeing
www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk

Mind Dorset
www.dorsetmind.uk

Dorset Council
www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

National Domestic Violence Helpline
www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

How many sessions?

This can vary, it is helpful to discuss in your first counselling session, and experience and research have found that generally, 6 sessions is the minimum needed for effective change to take place.

Where do sessions take place?

Preston- Weymouth, webcam, telephone and email appointments worldwide.

Additional information about your accessibility

No wheelchair access due width of doors, however there are no steps.

Counselling room.

Will my Doctor be contacted?

No, I am bound by BACP Code of Ethics and unless I have concerns of significant immediate harm to yourself or others, I will not disclose without your permission.

What will be expected of me?

There are no expectations just a hope for you to commit to yourself.

I don’t know if I could talk to you?

You might find it helpful and more reassuring to call me and voice your concerns, also the first session should help you decide whether you are going to feel enabled to speak openly with me.

How do I know counselling works?

We will complete regular reviews of our work together, you will be the best judge of whether the process is achieving the results that you hope for.

Talking is the key to the therapy process – Why is talking good for you?

  • Because your feelings are important and need to be heard and acknowledged
  • Because talking prevents you from feeling isolated
  • Because talking helps make sense of what you are feeling and why
  • Talking helps to identify problems, give insight and possible solutions
  • Talking with a qualified, skilled therapist, can help to turn worries into positive concerns

What Kind of Problems Can Counselling Help With?

All Life Problems respond well to talking therapies, some specific examples are:

  • Abuse – Emotional, domestic, physical, sexual, spiritual
  • Addictions/Obsessive behaviours – Alcohol, drugs, eating, gambling, sex, overworking and others
  • Acceptance of the ageing process
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety – Panic Attacks, OCD, Stress, Worry, all phobias and fears
  • Bereavement – Grief, miscarriage, termination, loss, end of relationships, separation, sudden endings
  • Boarding school survivors syndrome
  • Career Difficulties – Bullying/Harassment, Making choices and decisions, Workplace relationship difficulties, retirement and redundancy
  • Chronic Illness – Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Diabetes, M.E., Fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS
  • Depression – Sadness, loneliness, isolation
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Eating Disorders – Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive overeating
  • Empty Nest
  • Family and parenting issues
  • Health/Terminal Diagnosis Support
  • Hypervigilance
  • Isolation and Loneliness
  • Low Self-Confidence, Low Self-Esteem
  • Managing change and transition
  • Menopause
  • Personal development
  • Peter Pan Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Problems – Couples therapy, or individual 1-2-1 therapy to resolve relationship feelings, infidelity and trust issues, Separation, Divorce, Family Breakup, Friendships, Adoption and Fostering
  • Relaxation
  • Sexual and sexuality difficulties
  • Stress reduction
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
  • Wellbeing