If this is your first time having counselling – or even if it isn’t – then it’s understandable that you will have many questions. I’ve put together this list of Frequently Asked Questions to hopefully address some of the concerns and queries you may have. However, please feel free to contact me if anything you are concerned about isn’t covered below.

I have consulting rooms in both Knutsford and at The Hope Street Centre in Sandbach. Please let me know at the time of contact which location would be most suitable for you. Both locations are attractive spaces that are specifically designed for counselling work.

Counselling with me is open-ended. You can come for as little or as long as you like. There is a myth that six sessions is the right amount of time for therapy to start and end, however in reality this is not always the case. Some people come for less time, some for much longer. There is no right or wrong and the decision is always within your hands if you would like to end.

This is an important question and you are right to query it. I am a fully qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and Play Therapist.

I set up in private practice in 2006 and have worked with a diverse range of individuals ever since. I attend regular Continued Professional Development events to ensure my skills and practice are up to date. I am fully competent in the field of child protection and associated procedures.

I have my own supervisions and also ‘walk the talk’ by seeing a therapist regularly. This ensures I am fit to practice.

I hold my own Professional Indemnity Insurance, and in addition, I am a Registered Member of the BACP, and work to their code of ethics.

Our work together is entirely confidential, however I would like to draw your attention to the following:

1. During my professional supervision, I may seek guidance on how best to support you (and other clients I work with). In these situations, I will never refer to you by name: ensuring that your anonymity is protected;

2. Should it arise during our sessions that you may harm yourself or someone else, my professional code of ethics requires me to contact your GP.

I would always discuss this with you first.

Yes, I am a qualified Play Therapist and can see children as young as three. If you are a parent of a young person who needs support, then please call me to discuss what I can offer. Please see my Play Therapy page.

No, everything you share with me in our sessions remains between us, unless we identify that you are a risk to yourself or others. I will never report back to your family or employer, in fact, there is no reason for me to have their contact details.

No, you do not need to see your doctor before setting up an appointment with me. Likewise, you do not need to tell your GP that you are having counselling, if you do not wish to.

After the free initial telephone consultation, sessions cost £45.  I accept payments by cash or bank transfer.

A typical session lasts for one hour.

If you give 24 hours’ notice you will not be charged for cancelling an appointment, however, if you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice, the full balance for the session will be due. Unless there are exceptional circumstances. In which case, please discuss with me.

I do not have a waiting list and in the majority of instances, I will be able to see you within seven days of you making first contact with me.