Your questions matter and hopefully I answer them below. If I don't please get in touch. I offer a free initial phone or video call plus half price, no obligation first appointment to help you get the information you need.
From 12 April 2021, I offer face to face, phone and Zoom appointments.
Please refer to the latest government guidelines.
The working agreement outlines ways to keep our work safe and effective as well as extra steps to enhance safety during face to face meetings.
'How do I get in touch?'
Just call 07949913737 or send an email.
I shall reply as soon as possible which is generally within 24 hours (excluding weekends).
‘What are your fees?'
20 minute phone or video call: Free
50 minute initial assessment appointment: £20*
Counselling and Careers Guidance
Subsequent 50 minute standard appointments: £40*
90 minute appointments (agreed individually): £60*
To allow time for handwashing and other enhanced safety measures, I now allow up to 60 minutes for face to face work. I hope this helps to create a sense of a safe and relaxed space that supports our work together. Phone and video appointments remain at 50 minutes.
Eight week AT course (one session each week) plus one follow up session about six weeks later: £250, payable in advance. For groups of two to five, the course is £200 per person. Individual sessions last up to one hour. Group sessions last between one and a half and two hours.
Refresher sessions: Individual £10. Small group £5 per person.
Strengths Profile debrief
This could be a stand alone activity or form part of counselling or careers guidance.
90 minute coaching session: £100* #
# This includes a £60 session fee, the £32.40 (I get a 10% reduction as a qualified strengths profile coach) for purchasing an Expert Strengths Profile and a nominal charge for reviewing your profile before the session. As this is usually quite a 'full on' experience, it also includes a tea or coffee break after the initial one hour debrief. This gives you some space to pause and process our initial conversation. We use the remaining time to build on any key themes that may have emerged to help you leave with a coherent action plan.
* The full fee is usually payable if you do not attend, or cancel within 24 hours of, your appointment.
Choosing to face important issues and take steps towards greater wellbeing usually takes time, resources and a rebalancing of priorities. If your financial situation is genuinely a challenge I ask you to wait for six sessions before exploring the possibility of modest fee reduction for counselling or careers guidance.
If considering an AT course, it is important to commit to learn the whole package so I request you pay the full fee in advance but only after you’ve had an opportunity to find out what you’d be letting yourself in for!
Eastleigh College students completing Gestalt counselling training may access half price appointments.
If you, or other people you know, are really struggling financially, I recommend the Olive Branch in Winchester for counselling and Springboard in Chandlers Ford for careers guidance.
‘Where and when would we meet?’
Feel free to take a virtual seat at the Southampton practice while we talk this through!
Times-wise, this is what I offer but please contact me to check current availability:
Monday: All day
Tuesday: All day
I offer face to face, Zoom and telephone appointments depending on your preferences and Coronavirus safeguarding guidelines. I prefer working with people face to face but fully recognise the benefits of being able to make flexible use of all approaches. We can discuss which form of contact will best serve you during your initial assessment and review this as needed.
I have carefully reviewed the current competencies required to work effectively online and completed How to do counselling online: A Coronavirus primer endorsed by the BACP.
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At present, the BACP does not require therapists to complete specific training to work online work but I shall do this if I need to. My experience and ongoing learning about online work has shown me that, as with face to face work, it's important to recognise that each of us responds in a unique way during counselling and this is something I’ll regularly check in about and explore with you during our work together.
‘What can I expect?’
Your first appointment is an opportunity to talk about what brings you here and for both of us to consider if and how we could work well together. We may get stuck into issues in your first appointment if you come for careers guidance. For strengths coaching, the first appointment is used to get as clear as possible about the key goal we will focus on during your Strengths Profile debrief. During your initial assessment and ongoing check ins, I may use straightforward evaluation methods to help us clarify your needs and goals and how best to respond to them.
I see most people once every week at the same time on the same day.
If you think counselling will be our main focus, the British Association for Counselling and Pyschotherapy have great advice on what to expect.
Please check out the counselling page to find out more about what therapy involves.
‘I’m really struggling!’
If you're very concerned about your mental health, I recommend that you speak with your GP as soon as possible even if you're actively reaching out to counsellors, psychotherapists or other helping professionals.
Please call NHS 111 or the Samaritans on 116 123 any time of the day or night if you are experiencing unbearable emotional pain.
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Autogenic therapy, strengths coaching and careers guidance.