Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Relationship Counselling or Psychosexual Therapy cost?
Sessions are charged at £60 per hour in Park Street, payable by cash or cheque.
When are appointments available?
Appointments are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well as daytime Monday to Friday.
How many sessions will we need for counselling?
For Relationship Counselling I recommend a minimum of 6 sessions, by this time you will know if the work is helpful for you, it may be useful for a few more sessions after this time, but this is entirely up to you.
I am in a same sex relationship, can we be sure of a positive attitude when we come?
Absolutely, I aim to work in a positively affirming way with clients from a gender or sexual minority, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients.
How many sessions will we need for Psychosexual Therapy?
Psychosexual Therapy takes longer than Relationship Counselling, 5 sessions are used for the assessment process, then if treatment is undertaken by you then a minimum of 12 further sessions may be indicated, however this depends on the nature of the problem that is presented as well as other factors. Please feel free to ask me for further information.
What if we need to cancel an appointment?
48 hours notice is required for cancellations, the hour booked for you cannot be used for any other purpose and you may be charged for it.
How can we be sure of confidentiality?
Confidentiality, Privacy and Data Protection
I adhere to the current General Data Protection Regulations (2018) which protect your privacy and rights to confidentiality. I am registered with the ICO as a Data Controller, registration reference: ZA306752.
By contacting me, via any means, you are ‘opting in’ regarding giving me permission to be in contact with you and hold your contact details. I will never knowingly share your data with any other parties.
Sessions are confidential to the counsellors and clients and the counsellor will not divulge the contents to anyone else without the client’s written permission. If one client attends alone then the contents of that session are confidential to the counsellor and the individual client and will not be divulged to anyone else including the other client without the other clients permission.
The counsellor will make brief process notes which are available to the clients to inspect, subject to points 6/7 below.
The counsellor will also make their own counselling notes which are confidential to the counsellor and which will be destroyed as soon as the advice delivery ends.
The counsellor may discuss cases with their supervisor and at case supervision groups. The counsellor undertakes to discuss the clients case in such a way that the clients can not be identified. All colleagues are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the counsellor.
All records are stored securely and in line with good practice will be retained for seven years after the end of the service and will then be destroyed securely.
If the clients disclose information which the counsellor believes places another person at actual or imminent risk the counsellor will discuss this with the clients. If the counsellor and clients are unable to agree a way forward, the counsellor may be compelled to break confidentiality to protect a third person.
If clients feel they have any cause for complaint this should be taken up with the counsellor in the first instance.
Should the clients feel that the complaint has not been suitably addressed there is an option to contact the ICO or COSRT.
How do we know whether relationship counselling or sex therapy is what we need?
If you are frequently arguing, feel unhappy in your relationship or wonder how you could improve your relationship, then relationship counselling may be helpful for you.
Generally speaking, if your general relationship is sound, you communicate well and listen to each other and neither feels resentful, but there is a sexual difficulty impacting on your relationship, then sex therapy could be helpful.
If sex isn't great, but neither is your general relationship then it may be that relationship counselling may be useful, with a view to thinking about sex therapy if the sexual problem remains a problem.
However every relationship is unique and I would endeavour to provide a thorough assessment to ensure you received the most appropriate form of help for you.
Do not hesitate to contact me for further information or to answer any questions you may have.