Arranging an appointment
To book the initial meeting, please send an email through this site, or you could phone, or text expressing your interest. I will then contact you to arrange a mutually suitable time or day please state where you would like to be seen.
At the end of the initial session, if you wished to continue, you would be invited to book the next session, either weekly or fortnightly, I sometimes accept monthly clients. I will be unable to prioritise ad-hoc appointments where time slots have been saved for regular clients. I understand that work schedules or finances can influence regularity and I will try to accommodate you where I can though it may not be your first choice for a time or a day. I would say that for counselling to work, it is more effective with a regular time and commitment, costing less in the long run.
If a week is missed without informing me then the contract and arrangements may be ended by me, you can of course return at another time if you wish when you feel more ready.
Counselling is likened to a working relationship, I turn up for you, and you turn up for yourself. Often when the breakthrough is about to happen, it can feel uncomfortable, and for a while, a person can give up, they find excuses to not attend. Regular attendance can bring down the invisible, yet very present internal brick wall, sometimes called the barrier or gatekeeper. The therapy will show that there is a way forward, rather than giving up or turning back.
I appreciate that it is a financial commitment, yet therapy works best at the outset when it is weekly as it promotes the gradual development of a trusting therapeutic alliance and mutuality of understanding. Along the way, it challenges you supportively to increases your resilience and opens the mind, eyes and heart together. After a period of time, you may wish to reduce to fortnightly sessions, until you feel the need to stop altogether.
Training to become a counsellor is a heartfelt calling to support others, it takes a great deal of personal commitment, psychological energy, time and sacrifices. The money needed to train to become a fully qualified counsellor to be able to work in private practice, adds up to tens of thousands of pounds. In addition, after qualifying, it costs £300 a year to maintain professional membership and to be insured and over £600 a year for clinical supervision which are requirements of BACP membership. BACP membership also requires its members to have a minimum of 35 hours a year of Continuous Professional Development which has to be paid for from earnings and those costs are increasing each year. I take my continual professional and personal development seriously for the benefit of my clients, for those now and in the future. Counselling is becoming more regulated each year and this brings with it an insistence that practitioners work to higher and higher levels of education to meet the Standards expected, almost on a par with clinical psychiatry. The hourly fee charged also has to cover the room rent, where that is applicable.
Counsellors do not just spend one hour with you, we think about you after a session and before. We consider the best way to support you and meet your needs. We write up our notes and we look at areas that may need extra support gained through professional supervision. All of this is to enable the therapy to be effective and safe for you.
Hence, please read the following:
I reserve the right to charge for sessions not cancelled the day before. I request that when there is a need to cancel a session please could you inform me as early as possible., under which circumstances a charge would not be made.
I also agree that if I cannot attend your session for you, then I will give you not less than two days notice. And if this has not been possible then I would offer you a reduced fee session by way of compensation.
Payments can be made in cash, by BACS transfer, phone banking. I now also have an air card reader which for client security is registered to be used only at the Plymouth Natural Health and Healing Centre