Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you based?

I work from my home in North Manchester however, for safety reasons, my first session is at Chorlton Rooms. Due to the pandemic, I am not working face-to-face and all sessions are online, via Zoom or the telephone. This will be reviewed regularly in accordance with BACP guidance.

Does online therapy work?

Yes. Due to therapy moving online, as a result of the pandemic, research evidence is showing it is as effective as face-to-face therapy. Online therapy has been shown to reduce barriers, which prevent some people from seeking help. People can now have access to a counsellor from the comfort of their home, or privacy of their car or office, without the perceived stigma of walking into a therapy practice. Some men, in particular, struggle with the idea of going to a counsellor, with only 30% of counselling clients being male. Online therapy is starting to reduce this barrier.

Do I have to talk about painful childhood experiences?

In popular culture counsellors are often, stereotypically, depicted asking intrusive questions like, “what was it like growing up in your family?” or “were you abused as a child?” As a person-centred counsellor this is not how I work. We will only discuss what you bring to therapy. Which means, if you never talk about your family or childhood, we will not discuss them. You will decide the direction of travel, what we talk about, or do not talk about.

Clearly, clients bring a range of difficult issues to counselling. Should you wish to explore painful or distressing areas of your life, we will always work at your pace.

Is everything I talk about confidential?

This question is a common one and rightfully so. Whatever you share with me, will stay with me.

Counselling is a confidential service. Individuals, who share sensitive information with their counsellor, want to be sure that everything that is said remains private between them and their counsellor. This is the case, though there are a few exceptions to do with risk and safeguarding, but these will be explained to you before counselling begins.

How many sessions do I need?

There is no one-size-fits-all to the counselling process as it is dependent on the person and their needs. For some people a few sessions will suffice and for others, it may take many sessions. I offer time-limited therapy (up to 12 weeks), medium-term therapy (3 to 6 months) and longer-term therapy (up to 2 years). As a useful guide, the National Health Service usually offers between 6 and 12 sessions to their clients, focused on relieving the immediate symptoms or problems. Medium and longer term therapy is focused on addressing deep-seated, underlying issues and usually proceeds short-term therapy. These sessions are weekly, fortnightly or monthly and can vary according to need.

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Can you fix me?

I do not believe that you are broken and need to be fixed. I understand that what you may be going through is difficult, and you may be carrying discomfort, anxiety, pain or other emotions that you are struggling to regulate or manage. I will work with you to explore your thoughts and feelings and together we can try to figure out what is blocking you from peace of mind and well-being.

What can I expect after I make contact?

I will contact you by email within two working days, to let you know which counselling slots I have available. If you are interested, you can book a time slot and I will send you a confirmation email with a Zoom link, which will give you access to your 50 minute free session.

What happens if I cannot attend?

I understand that there might be situations where you may not be able to attend our booked session. Please give as much notice as possible if you need to cancel or postpone, by texting my mobile number. Missed or cancelled sessions need to be paid in full if notice is received with less than two working days' notice.

Are you available for mid-week sessions?

I am not available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. During these days I work for a charity as an individual and groupwork facilitator, with men who abuse their partners.

If you are a victim/survivor or a perpetrator of intimate partner violence and looking for counselling, I welcome your enquiry.

I have some questions, what should I do next?

If you would like to know more, or discuss whether counselling is right for you, please contact me. I can answer your questions via email or phone, or you can book a session with me, where you will be able to ask any questions you may have.