Frequently Asked Questions
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I change - Carl Rogers (1961)
Frequently Asked Questions
What does being an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society mean?
It’s means I have fulfilled the required criteria of the Society for them to consider me safe, competent and ethical to practice Counselling and consequently be registered with the Professional Standards Authority. This brief video below explains a little further.
How to start?
It’s simple. You can call me, email, or complete the contact form on here to arrange an appointment. I understand reaching out can be daunting, so please contact me in whichever way you feel most comfortable, be it email, text, call or the contact form on this site. Please be assured that your contact will be welcomed. Initially we’ll have an assessment where you can share with me what you want to work through. It gives us an opportunity to ask each other questions we may have and together we can decide if therapy with me is suitable to you.
How do the appointments work?
Best results come with regular weekly sessions which allows your counselling to maintain it's momentum. I do however understand that is difficult for those who work shifts or have a demanding job. We can work with whatever your situation is. Ideally you would have a set time each week, though, again, I understand that isn’t always possible. If I can accommodate variable times I will. All I ask is that you commit to coming as frequently as your life allows.
What does it cost? And how do I pay?
Fees are £40 for a fifty minute session. I ask that fees are paid in advance. You can use the buttons on the Payment page to be taken through to PayPal where you can make payment securely and safely with the knowledge that your payment is covered by their buyer protection.
What is your cancellation policy?
There is a 50% late cancellation fee for short-notice cancellations of one working day or less. If you need to cancel, please let me know as soon as you can. I understand life has a habit of throwing challenges at us such as a car breaking down, illness of ourselves or a loved one we care for, however last minute cancellations can result in my Practice still incurring room hire charges.
Is there a reduced rate for students?
Yes! I am pleased to offer a concessionary rate of £30 for a fifty minute session for students. However please note that I am currently unable to offer services to University of Nottingham students.
Where am I?
For face to face sessions here in Nottingham I work at the Tiger Boe Centre, 7 Clarendon Street, NG1. It is literally a few minutes walk from the Royal Centre tram stop and the buses and parking on Upper Parliament Street. See Contact page for a map and details.
How long does it take?
These sessions are yours and can continue for as long or as little as you feel you need them, or until you feel your issue has resolved and you feel from your point of view that you can move on. You are in the driving seat. I will always respect your wish to end, though I would caution against a sudden cessation .
I don’t know what to say or how to say it!
Speaking out about your problem may be difficult. It may take several sessions for you to feel you can trust me. That is fine and normal. I am not going to force you to tell all in the first few sessions. You will know when it feels right to go to difficult places. You may struggle with silences, we can explore that. You may have deep felt concerns, we can explore those if you wish. I will respect your pace.
Is it confidential?
I am committed to providing you with a safe, boundaried, compassionate, and confidential space. Under normal circumstances everything discussed in counselling sessions is totally confidential. There are important limitations to this which you need to know and agree to. We can discuss this in detail in the assessment session but briefly they are:
- An indication that you have serious intent to hurt yourself or others;
- Current abuse/neglect of a vulnerable person;
- There is a court order for me to appear and give evidence in relation to our counselling relationship;
- And finally, if you disclose detail of serious crime, money laundering or terrorism.
If you have counselling via Skype, be assured that Skype is encrypted end to end guaranteeing your privacy and confidentiality. To make sure there is no compromise it is recommended that no other apps or files be open during a Skype session.
"Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness."
- Brene Brown
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