How does counselling work?
The first stage is to get in touch. You can call, text or write an email - whichever you prefer. I will let you know what times and days are available and you decide when you would like to come along.
If you're uncertain whether psychotherapy or counselling is right for you, you are most welcome to call me on 07954 099 770. Hopefully, I can answer any questions or address any concerns which you may have. There’s no charge for this initial telephone conversation.
Your first counselling session provides you with a chance to talk with me about your problem and see if you would like to work together. We will discuss your issue, practicalities (session times, etc.) and any concerns you may have about therapy. The session will last fifty minutes. Normal fees apply.
The norm is to attend once per week, however, fortnightly sessions may be appropriate in some circumstances. This is a decision we will be making together at the end of your first session. Life circumstances can also change and keeping up weekly meetings may become financially onerous. I am always happy to discuss options with you and find solutions that are appropriate to your circumstances.
This is a very difficult question to answer. I aim to work out a plan within a couple of sessions and tend to work in a goal focused way. Once the initial goal has been met, you can decide whether you would like to work at a deeper level. The direction of therapy is something that we decide together and you always have a choice.
Therapy ends when you feel ready to leave because you have gained what you wanted. It is your decision, you are under no obligation to stay. You may feel better quicker than expected or you might find you want to invest more time in exploring issues that feel important.
£50 for individual counselling session (50 minutes).
£80 per couple per 90 minute assessment and £60 thereafter per 50 minute session
Payment is either cash, with credit card or through an online link.
9:00 - 19:00 Monday to Friday. Saturday mornings appointments are also available.
It is important that you inform me of any cancellation with as much forewarning as possible and every effort will be made to offer you another appointment. Cancellations made within less than 24 hours may be charged in full.
MEDICAL INSURANCE AND EAP
I work with most Medical insurers such as Axa, Bupa, Vitality and Aviva and with a large number of EAP agencies.
If you are an individual seeking counselling and have an Insurer Provider, check your paperwork to see if they cover you under their insurance policy. If they do, I can provide the necessary paperwork for your Insurer as your counsellor.
Since the lockdown, I have moved my counselling practice online and work remotely via Zoom, WhatsApp or the telephone.
Once face to face work resumes, I will be working from two different locations - please specify in your message if you have a preference.
Netherton Park: just outside Morpeth and only 5 minutes off the A1 with free parking onsite: Netherton Park, Stannington, NE61 6EF
Gosforth Physio & Wellness, 2 Ivy Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1DB. Parking is available nearby and this location can be reached with public transport.
Both locations have toilets available for clients and the Gosforth clinic has disabled access in the form of a lift.