I fully understand the nerves which surround finding a counsellor, therefore I aim to make the process as comfortable as possible. The most important thing is that you find a therapist that you like and feel comfortable with. I always start with a free, no obligation 30-minute appointment over the phone or on Zoom, which gives us the opportunity to discuss your needs and expectations of therapy and work out if we are a good fit. If I am not the therapist for you, I have a network of excellent colleagues and I will happily help you find the right person.
Once therapy is agreed, it is also important to consider which method of communication fits you best.
Face to Face Counselling
I have now returned to face-to-face sessions with COVID-19 safety procedures.
I'd be glad to welcome you to my private and confidential therapy room in Kelsall, Tarporley, which is easily accessible from Chester.
Maybe you would prefer to engage in therapy from the comfort and convenience of your own home, especially helpful if you have a health condition, disability or are restricted to travel. It also allows for greater choice of therapist as you are not restricted by location. I use Zoom as it is an extremely secure video platform which is easy to use. All you need is a device you are familiar with, a good internet connection and a private space to talk.
If you like the idea of working remotely, but online does not feel right for you, you could opt for telephone counselling. It can offer you a greater sense of confidentiality and anonymity, which can be reassuring particularly if you feel nervous, embarrassed, or fearful about talking through your problems.
Whichever method of communication you choose, appointments are 50 minutes long and are charged at £50. I offer a discounted rate of £40 to students. I currently offer weekday daytime appointments only. If you decide you want to work with me, we will find a regular time each week to meet.