How long will I be in counselling?
To a large extent this will depend on you and the issues that you wish to work on. You might come along for just 12 weeks or you may be in therapy for several years or it could be somewhere in between. At our initial session we will discuss what you are hoping to get from coming to counselling and how we will be reviewing our work together on an on-going basis. We will be regularly looking at where you are in both in terms of your original reason for coming and in light of any other concerns that may have emerged. This will provide the flexibility to extend or shorten the counselling to fit your needs.
What happens if I want to stop?
Remember we will be reviewing your progress on a regular basis and you can raise any concerns that you have at any time during our work together. If you feel that you would like to bring your counselling to an end we can discuss whether you have resolved the issues that are important to you. The choice of whether to continue or not will always lie with you.
Is what I tell you confidential?
Yes, what you tell me in our sessions is confidential. However in exceptional circumstances if I feel that you may be either a risk of serious harm or danger to yourself or to others then I do reserve the right to inform appropriate professional support. Wherever possible I will strive to inform and discuss this with you first.
As a member of the BACP I am required to be supervised in my work by an experienced colleague who is also bound by rules of confidentiality. Discussing my work in this way is important in maintaining adequate standards of counselling and acts to protect you by ensuring that I am working in your best interests.
How do I make an appointment?
If you would like to make an appointment or have some more questions for me you can contact me via email (click on the link above) or telephone/text on 07958 519 398. If I am unable to take your call please do leave a message on my voicemail so I can get back to you at the earliest possible opportunity. You can also request a call back from me via email. It is helpful if you could provide me with a range of times that you are available and I will do my best to call you then.
When will I be seen?
I will arrange an appointment with you at a mutually convenient time. I aim to be as flexible as possible and so offer sessions during the week at various times:
• Early morning before work either at 7am or 8am
• Daytime between 9.00am and 5.00pm
• Evenings between 6.00pm to 10.00pm
How much will it cost?
My fees are £60 for the early morning and evening sessions and £50 for daytime sessions. There may be a limited number of places with concessionary rates available for daytime clients so do ask if you have particular circumstances. You will normally pay in cash at the beginning of the session.
How often do we meet?
We will usually meet once a week for a fifty minute session. We will arrange a regular day and time for you to come along. Having continuity and structure is vital for the work we will be doing together.
What time should I come?
I would ask you to arrive at the start of your agreed session time. Please do not come before this time as I may be with another client so will not be able to come to the door.
Is it important to be on time?
Yes punctuality is important – your 50 minute session starts from the time of your appointment and cannot overrun as I may have other clients to see.
Where is your practice?
I am based in Sidney Road, Wood Green, N22 8LU. Click here for a link to a map showing my location:
What are transport links and parking like?
Transport links are good and I am just a short walk from Wood Green Underground station, Bounds Green Underground station and Bowes Park British Rail station.
Bus routes 121, 141, 232 and 329 stop at the end of the road. You will need to get off the bus at the Arcadian Gardens bus stop. Bus routes W3, W4, 29, 67, 34,67, 102, 123, 144, 184, 221, 232, 243, 299 and 329 are all 15 minutes or less walk away.
Parking is straightforward, however there are some parking restrictions in the immediate area between 11am and 1pm.