Frequently Asked Questions
There is no such thing as a silly question – if your question is not answered here on the FAQ & Fees page or elsewhere on the web site please contact me, I would be happy to respond.
Is my Counselling confidential?
You can expect complete confidentiality from your counsellor but there are a few exceptions to this:- If I feel you may cause harm to yourself or another person once you leave counselling then I may choose to break confidentiality. If you tell me that you have caused harm to someone in the past tense this may also be an occasion where I would break confidentiality under child protection and vulnerable adult law. I would always try to discuss this with you before hand.
As I adhere to the BACP ethical framework I may discuss in supervision the issues that you bring to counselling whilst respecting your confidentiality at all times.
How much will it cost?
Your first session – known as the introduction/contract session will last for 50 mins known as the Counselling Hour. After that sessions are usually weekly for 50 mins. All sessions are charged at a cost of £45 for sessions before 5 30pm, and £50 for appointments before 9 00am, evening and weekends. All fees are payable at the end of each session in cash or by cheque.
What if I need to cancel or I am late?
If you cancel a session within 48 hours of your appointment you will still be liable for the full fee. If you are late for your appointment our session will still end at the same finishing time.
How many sessions will I need?
Every client is different so the amount of sessions needed varies too. In your first session we will look at your needs and discuss a time frame. There is a difference in the type of work that can be done in long term work (12 sessions plus) and in short term work (6-12 sessions) but I have experience in both and will be able to guide you in what is realistic in the time-frame you are comfortable with. At the end of every session I will check that it has been helpful for you.
Where will I need to come?
I have offices in East Belfast and Holywood, I can see you wherever suits best. Please let me know if you struggle with stairs so that I can arrange an appointment in a ground floor office.