I offer an initial assessment over the phone, usually up to 30 minutes, free of charge. This is to take a brief history and your reasons for seeking counselling. It will also help me establish if I have the knowledge and skills to work with you. It is also a chance for you to ask any questions about how I work with clients. After the first assessment, we will meet in person for our first session, when we will also make our "therapeutic agreement", which includes fees, cancellation policy etc. Therapy sessions will last 50 minutes and are usually on a weekly basis, unless agreed otherwise. This can be for an agreed number of sessions or ongoing. It can vary from person to person. There will be a chance to monitor our work together through reviews.
Telephone Counselling is similar to having a face-to-face counselling session, except we would be talking over the phone. You can arrange counselling sessions when it's convenient for you, regardless of location. We would agree on the day and time as usual and, depending on your personal preference, I would call you or you would call me at the agreed time for the session. Some clients may prefer this either for conveniency reasons or because they feel they can speak more openly over the phone, as opposed to a face-to-face session.
Similar to phone counselling, online sessions are offered in an attempt to make counselling accessible to as many people as possible. All you need is a reliable internet connection & video-sessions can be accessible from anywhere in the world. This is also similar to face-to-face therapy but, more accessible to clients who may be unable to attend face-to-face whether it is due to a disability, long-term illness, lack of transport, individuals who travel a lot or simply prefer the comfort of being in their own space. Some clients also choose to combine this with face-to-face therapy, which is also available.
Zoom is the preferred platform for this due to currently being more secure than similar platforms, with end to end encryption. There has been a lot of research on the effectiveness of online therapy over the past years, and you may find one of the latest articles on the subject helpful;
I am currently training as a clinical supervisor on a CPCAB accredited course, due to be completed July 2021. I currently offer online supervision at a reduced rate.
Supervision is an essential part of any therapeutic practitioner's work. My aim is to offer an empathic, acceptant and reflective space to practitioners of any background wishing to monitor and enhance their work as a therapist.