Relationship Counselling

There are many issues that can cause relationship problems, many stemming from the pressured way we live our lives.

I provide a secure, non-judgemental approach, offering both short and long term counselling, using a range of approaches appropriate to each individual situation.

Counselling offers the opportunity to explore your relationship and think about what you might want to change. It is not about returning to the early days of your relationship, but about what is right for the present and the future.

The end of a relationship is never easy and relationship breakdown can be both painful and confusing. If your relationship has ended and you are struggling to deal with the fall-out, I can support you throughout this painful time.

Counselling offers you a fresh perspective, the chance to constructively manage your separation and successfully move on.

Sometimes sexual problems and relationship difficulties are connected.  It is not uncommon for couples to be unhappy with their sexual relationship. By working together, it is possible to understand why these problems have emerged and work towards resolving them.

Are you a qualified and experienced counsellor and therapist?

Yes. I have a certificate in couple counselling and a postgraduate certificate in psychosexual therapy and over 13 years’ experience with Relate.  I have been a volunteer counsellor at the Jewish Marriage Council, an organisation which provides counselling services to the Jewish community.  I also take GP referrals through the Counselling Foundation.

 

Do you belong to a professional body?

Yes.  I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).

Both organisations require evidence of qualifications and good professional standards and I am bound by their codes of conduct. Both organisations also provide complaints procedures should this be required.

Fees, cancellation policy and payment methods

What is your cancellation policy?

In general I have a 48 hour rule for cancellations.  For appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice I will always do my best to reschedule.  However that time is booked out for you and I am unable to take on other work at that time.  If you miss or cancel your session within 24 hours of your appointment you will be charged the full cost of the appointment.

How much do you charge?

I offer a no obligation initial assessment session for £40.

My fee for couples is £65 per 50 minute session.  I offer two concessionary appointments each week.  

How can I pay?

You can pay be card or cash.

Do you issue receipts?

I provide receipts for all payments made.

When do I pay?

If you pay by card or cash you pay for the session at the end of that session. 

How long does counselling/therapy last?

Short term counselling often takes 6-12 sessions.  I also offer long term counselling.

The actual number depends on the issues you are exploring and how you choose to work.

How long is a session?

Sessions last 50 minutes.

How frequent will the sessions be?

Usually I meet clients on a weekly or fortnightly basis, but I understand that this is not always convenient, and make every effort to be flexible where possible.

Will the sessions be confidential?

Yes.  My counselling room is completely private and I follow the guidance of my professional bodies in the way I take and store notes.

There is always a gap between sessions so it is highly unlikely that clients would meet each other.

Do I need to come for counselling with my partner?

You are welcome to come for counselling alone or with your partner.  Sometimes people want to discuss their options or explore their relationship alone, or maybe their partner does not wish to attend.

Whether you are single, married, separated, divorced, living together or in a same sex relationship – if you are over 18 and looking to work on relationship issues then I may be able to help.

When should I come for counselling?

If you want to change your relationship then counselling can help, particularly where you have tried to make changes, but have only been able to sustain them for a short time despite your best efforts.    Attending your first counselling session takes courage and I aim to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

 

Can counselling really help me?

Nearly all counselling clients report some benefit and most say they have been helped significantly.  Being open and honest is a key factor in making progress to overcome your difficulties.