Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know

You’ll find information on fees and an extensive list of answers to the most frequently asked questions on this page, but do get in touch if your questions remain unanswered.

I offer a free informal telephone consultation before we meet. Our first introductory appointment is at a reduced fee of £30. This session gives us an opportunity to explore what you’re looking for, how I can help you, and how we can work together to get you where you want to be. Ongoing appointments are £50 per session and all sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
I suggest speaking to you both, individually, before we meet. Our first introductory appointment is at a reduced fee of £40. This session gives us an opportunity to explore what you each want from the sessions, how I can help you both, and how we can all work together to get you where you both want to be. Ongoing appointments are £80 and all sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
I maintain a number of time-limited concessionary spaces at a discounted fee of £30 per session. At present I do not have any concessionary spaces available, but do check back as this could change at any time.
As is customary, I have a cancellation policy where a fee is applied for unscheduled cancellations.
My working hours are: Monday to Thursday - 10am to 8pm; Friday - 10am to 5pm; Saturday - 10am to 1pm.
This is our first step, giving us an opportunity to meet, to explore what you’re seeking from therapy, for me to explain how I work – and how we can work together. Assuming you’re happy to continue, we then agree to meet at a regular time each week.
I advise a commitment to a minimum of six sessions once we’ve decided to work together and we’ll regularly review your progress to ensure you’re getting what you need.
Sessions are weekly.
I offer open-ended therapy for the simple reason – only you will know when you’ve had enough sessions. I advise a commitment to a minimum of six sessions once we’ve decided to work together.
Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, University of Brighton (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). BA (Hons.) Humanities: Philosophy and Modern World Studies, University of Brighton. Certificate in Duo Counselling, a systemic approach to counselling couples and families. Further Continuing Professional Development training in: Loss and Bereavement Group Process Skills Focusing Existential Therapy Disability Awareness Working with Families Affected by Substance Misuse Domestic Violence Awareness Child Protection Awareness
I have been practicing since 2009 and have an established clinic in Central Hove. During this time, I’ve been able to help women, men, and couples from a wide variety of backgrounds, with an equally wide range of difficulties related to depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and the effects of abuse. Alongside my own practice, I have taught on a counselling diploma course in Brighton, teaching theory, helping trainees develop their counselling skills, and facilitating personal development groups. I have previously worked as a counsellor with: The Fed Centre for Independent Living, working with clients affected by physical disability, mental health problems, learning disabilities, chronic health conditions, and sensory impairment. Patched, a Brighton-based organisation supporting individuals and families affected by substance misuse. The Foyer, an organisation providing support to young people who have lived unsettled lives. Prior to counselling, I spent five years working in the Public Sector and Community & Voluntary Sector, supporting vulnerable adults and their families to live independently in the community.
I’m a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by our Ethical Code of Practice (which you’ll find here). Should you wish to check, I’m listed on the BACP’s accredited register (here). As a professional practitioner, I hold full professional indemnity insurance with Towergate Professional Risks, have regular and ongoing clinical supervision to ensure the highest standards of practice, and positively engage in my own continuing professional development.

 

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