WHAT SORTS OF ISSUES HAVE YOU EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH?
The list is too big for an FAQ section, but to give you an idea, below are some of the common things for which people come to counselling;
stress, anxiety or panic.
low mood or depression
mental health problems
life choices / crises / changes
sexuality / gender
phobias / compulsions
problems with friends or families
If you're not sure, feel free to get in touch to ask.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
One of my values is that therapy should be available to those who need it and to increase accessibility, I do what I can to keep costs as low as possible. With this in mind, session fees are currently kept to £50 per session, payable by bank transfer ahead of the session for online / phone sessions. This has been achieved by temporarily switching to online work only. The reduction and in-person sessions will be reviewed when the economic situation stabilizes.
A discounted rate of £35 per session is available for full-time students or any counselling students (proof of eligibility required).
HOW OFTEN / MANY ARE THE SESSIONS?
Regularity is important for the therapeutic process and most people have one session a week but this can vary depending on your needs and availability. This is talked about at our first session.
As for how many sessions? This is really down to you and there is no pressure to continue and sessions are booked one at a time.
WHERE DO THE SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
For the time being, due to the pandemic, all sessions take place either by video (Zoom or Skype) or by phone, whichever suits you best.
When in-person sessions resume, these take place in either the Crookes or Broomhill areas of Sheffield.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FIRST SESSION?
The first session is an opportunity for us to get to know each other, for you to ask questions and for me to get a deeper understanding of what brings you to counselling. We will talk about what you hope to get out of counselling and you can decide if you want you continue.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and fully comply with all of the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 (GDPR).
The information gathered on this site is in the form of cookies (you can opt out) to inform how the site is used by visitors for site development. If you choose to contact me via the web form, your name and contact details will be stored and only used to communicate with you and book appointments.
I, as the data controller, collect both personal (name, address, email, phone number, etc.) and sensitive personal (details about your current and previous mental health / general health) as part of providing my service as a Therapeutic Counsellor and it is only used for this express reason and no other. Notes are made to record contact between us and to help manage your care. These notes are highly confidential and are not shared with anyone without your informed, written consent, except where disclosure is required by law, to protect you or others from serious harm or death, or as part of discharging my professional duties. In the latter case, as with all professional psychotherapists, I am professionally required to have regular counselling supervision of my practice and, as a part of this, counselling cases are discussed. Information that identifies you as a client is not shared unless for the reasons stated above and a duty of confidentiality exists between me and the supervisor preventing your information being shared by them aside for counselling supervision.
Your records are kept by me in a secured (encrypted) digital format for a period of seven years following our last contact, after which they will be securely destroyed. A copy of your records will be made available upon request in line with the requirements of the GDPR.