Frequently Asked Questions
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How do i make an appointment ?
What sort of people come to see you ?
All sorts of people irrespective of age, ethnicity, sex, background, sexual orientation, profession, religion, culture etc.
What should I talk about ?
Talk about anything you like. Absolutely anything at all – there’s no right or wrong here. Talk about whatever is taking up your attention right now. It might be specific problem or it might be something that is sitting at the front of your mind and you don’t really know why that is. You may want to make use of the counselling relationship by talking about things you might avoid or are scared to talk to people about. I will listen and help you make sense of things. I certainly won’t judge you, shame you or make you feel inadequate about the way you are, or because of the feelings and thoughts you have.
What happens if I have difficulty in talking about my worries ?
This is actually fairly common. Some people feel able to talk from the outset whereas others need some time to feel comfortable and discuss what really troubles them.
Are our discussions confidential ?
All information and discussion remain confidential. Information will not be disclosed unless I feel ethically obliged to do so or for the safety of another individual.
What is the counselling contract ?
The counselling contract is a form that describes the terms and conditions of counselling to which both you as a client and I consent to as counselling commences. I will provide a hard copy for both of us to sign as we begin the initial session. A copy of the counselling contract can be found here.
How often should I have counselling ?
People often see me on a weekly basis but this is flexible. For instance, you may find initially that once a week is right for you and later on decide to meet up every other week. You may also find additional telephone counselling supportive between sessions.
What happens if I miss an appointment ?
My request is that you give me 48 hours notice if you are unable to make an appointment. If i don’t receive this notice, the missed fee is payable at the next session. You can ring, text or use the quick enquiry form to let me know if you need to cancel or re-arrange.
How much does it cost to have counselling at home ?
Mobile counselling where sessions take place at your home are an additional £10.
How far do you travel to for counselling home visits ?
I will travel to anywhere in Eastbourne, Hampden Park, Polegate, Pevensey Bay, Jevington and East Dean.
How do I pay ?
By cash, cheque, direct debit or mobile banking prior to or at the beginning of our session.