I’d like to start therapy, what do I do now?
Just give me a call or drop me an email letting me know that you would like to set up an initial assessment and we can arrange a meeting.
If you would like an informal chat before we set up an assessment that’s no problem either, we can agree a time to chat then I will give you a call at the pre-arranged time.
What do you mean by assessment?
This is an initial 50-minute meeting for us both to talk about what is bringing you to counselling, our mutual expectations and find out whether we would like to work together. There is no commitment after your assessment, once we have met and discussed your availability, I will offer you a potential first session time and date. If you would like to take this up, I ask that you let me know within 48 hours.
How often will we meet?
We will meet every week, at the same time, in the same location for 50-minutes. We can agree on a set number of sessions before we begin or we can agree to open-ended counselling for a period of up to three years with regular evaluations.
Where will we meet?
Counselling sessions take place at 360b Ditchling Road, BN1 6JG, next door to St Mathias church.
Ditchling Road is just off the A27 making travel easy from Hove, Portslade, Shoreham, Ditchling, Lewes and other surrounding towns.
Parking is on-street metered – or free just two streets away.
Buses 26 and 46 stop outside.
Can I bring a friend/parent/sibling?
As counselling is about you, it is better to come to the session on your own. If this causes a problem or concern please mention it when arranging our first meeting.
Should I bring anything with me to the assessment or sessions?
There is no need to bring anything with you and nothing to pre-prepare.
Will our discussions be confidential?
Absolutely, your confidentiality is of greatest importance. As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Ethical Guidelines for Researching Counselling and Psychotherapy (where practitioners undertake research) and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure for the time being in force. We will discuss this in more detail at our initial meeting but please do get in touch with any queries you may have regarding confidentiality.
Is there anything else I need to know?
It may be useful to know that I hold full Professional Liability Insurance and an Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).