If you have never had counselling before, here are some answers to the questions you might have.

If you have a question not answered here, why not ask me?

What happens in counselling?

It all depends on whether you feel you can talk about yourself freely. I will try to make you feel safe so this is easier for you.

I believe you are the expert on you. I will listen intently and try to understand. I will help you explore your thoughts and feelings so you can make sense of everything.

Once you have told me enough, I may ask questions to clarify meanings, and I might reflect back what you say or seem to be saying, but you don't have to talk about anything you don't want to.

How many sessions will I need?

This is a difficult question to answer because you are a unique person with unique issues. You should start to notice a difference in how you feel after a few sessions, but we will have a review every 6 sessions to monitor how well it is working for you.

Is it expensive?

If counselling makes the difference to your quality of life that the answer to that has to be a "no". Sessions cost between £25 and £40 depending on the medium we use - whether face-to-face or online.

What about payment?

I accept payment by BACS, bank cards and PayPal.

I ask for payment in advance because I have to pay room hire in advance too.

Where is the practice located?

For face-to-face work I have the use of some therapy rooms close to the M1 between Sheffield and Barnsley. They are quiet, comfortable and private.

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