You may wish to receive series of counselling sessions for different of reasons: to gain clarity on an issue, change old patterns, untangle complex personal issues or for self-development. You may seek counselling as a result of a crisis, or you may be encouraged to seek counselling by others i.e. family members friends or colleagues.
There is no typical counselling session. It is time set aside for you, and what you talk about will vary according to your needs. You are free to discuss what you wish, from everyday events, dilemmas, feelings, thoughts, regrets, aspirations, memories and dreams. I will provide a safe environment in which to explore your issues and work towards your self-improvement. If you prefer to approach your issues in a more practical way, I can offer you cognitive behavioural therapy as a better choice.
Many types of people can benefit from counselling. Therapy is frequently conducted on a face-to-face level with individuals. However, counselling is also beneficial with couples, families, adolescents, teenagers and children. My client group spans across cultures, gender (male, female), sexual orientation (straight, gay, bi-sexual, transsexual), religion (Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist and others) and employment groups. Although I appreciate diversity but I particularly welcome Farsi speaking clients where I can provide them therapy in their mother tongue language.
To book a 15 minutes FREE general consultation on the phone, please contact me by phone or email. I will book an assessment if we both agreed that you will benefit from my services followed by agreed weekly sessions.
The number of counselling sessions depends on you as an individual and your unique presenting issues. Usually you will start with six sessions and review after that. Cognitive behavioural therapy is designed to be short term and lasts 6-20 sessions where other approaches tend to be longer term and many last for many months or even years. Since I work privately, you are not limited in the number of sessions you can have.
I am not eligible to prescribe medication but if I feel you will benefit from any medication and that may complement your therapy work, I can provide you with a referral letter to your GP or consultant.
I can offer you a 15 minutes FREE consultation on the phone before your first session. Whilst the majority of first consultations will proceed to a full course of treatment, neither you nor I are committed to continue beyond this short session. The first session called “assessment session”, will give you the chance to bring in any questions, to find out more about how you will work together and to discover if you connect. If you wish to find out about my background, please read my profile on the website.
I will be available to you at your scheduled appointment time. I will not able to provide an emergency service to you, and you will need to seek other resources for help during a crisis. In such cases, you should contact your GP, the Samaritans (08457 909090 www.samaritans.org) or, if necessary, emergency services.
This depends on the nature of your policy. You should check with your provider to see whether counselling sessions will be covered, how many sessions can be included and if there are any other restrictions.
Regularity is important for productive therapeutic work. The standard format of weekly sessions helps you make gradual and steady progress. In some cases, we may agree to two or more sessions per week, if we both consider it beneficial.
If you proceed with therapy sessions after the first assessment, I will reserve the same time slot (of 50 minutes) for you each week. Any missed sessions or cancellations will be charged at the full fee unless you give me a notice at least 24 hours before your session. The cancellation policy applies to holidays, work commitments, illness and other emergencies. My cancellation policy will be which will be shared with you prior to your first appointment.
I will take payment in full at the end of each session by cash or cheque face to face sessions. For Skype sessions I use the Paypal system. I send you an invoice through PayPal prior to your session and expect you to settle this before our session starts. I do not have the facilities to accept credit or debit cards. You will be invoiced for any missed or cancelled sessions. Invoices must be paid within seven days and unpaid bills may be passed on to a debt collection agency.
Friends, family and colleagues may be very concerned about an individual's well-being and would like to see them have counselling. It is most helpful if the individual in question can make contact themselves, as it is an important step in acknowledging that they may need assistance. I am able to take enquiries from you on behalf of someone else, but you should have their full consent
Complaints should be raised with the met directly to begin with. If you are still not satisfied that your complaint has been addressed, then you should take this up with the my accredited body British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapist. I do have professional indemnity insurance in place.