Can I stop at any time?
Yes. These are your sessions and its important that you feel in control. From my point of view, I require 24 hours notice for a cancellation.
How many sessions should I have?
It depends. There are no hard and fast rules. An introductory session allows us to meet and establish how we can work together. It's important that you feel comfortable with me. Then, if you decide to continue, I suggest a minimum of 6 sessions. After this period we can re-assess our work.
What about my privacy?
I adhere to the BACP code of ethics and confidentiality. I will not disclose personal information about you to anyone else. However I do have a duty to let someone else know if I thought you, or someone you talk about, was in physical danger. I would discuss this with you first. I also have a privacy statement and I encourage you to read it and then ask me questions if you have any.
Online or Face-to-face?
Online counselling using technologies like Skype is growing in popularity. Some clients prefer online counselling because of its flexibility and convenience. Remember, you can always explore an online session with me and this is a great way to see if it works for you. You may like to read about Skype counselling here: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/online-counselling.html However, most of my clients like to see me in my East London office. Many people reflect best when they are away from their environment and in a quiet space with one other person.