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Common Queries

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How does it work?

Our first meeting will be an online initial consultation which is a discounted rate of £45. The initial meeting is for me to get an idea of what you'd like to work on and a little history, for you to ask any questions, and for us both to consider if we will work well together.

After this, we will arrange for our long-term sessions. My online booking system allows all sessions to be booked and paid for in advance. 

I will email a link to our online session in advance of online appointments or send information about how to find the centre for in-person appointments.

Depending on room availability, you are welcome to switch between in-person and online to best suit your needs.

How long does each appointment take?

Your initial consultation and each counselling session are usually 50 minutes in length. If this is too much for you or simply doesn't fit with your way of working please let me know and we can discuss an alternative such as 30 minutes followed by a short break, or shorter sessions.

What does it mean to be Pluralistic?

The Pluralistic approach is about equality between counsellor and client. We will work together on the challenges you are facing using my knowledge of mental health and neurodivergence and your lived experience. This can include exploring your feelings and talking through them, making connections from the past to the present, and exploring solutions and practical coping skills.

What does Neurodivergent affirming mean?

I follow the Neurodiversity paradigm which views Neurodivergence as a difference, not a deficit. The umbrella of Neurodiversity goes beyond Autism and ADHD and includes BPD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Dyslexia and all manner of mental health and neurological diagnoses and differences.

In practical terms, this means I am happy to make adjustments to suit your needs and provide accommodations and tools to suit different levels of executive functioning. I accept different forms of communication, expression, movement, functioning and feeling. Goals or ideas for what you wish to gain from our time working together will be set in collaboration with you and tuned to your needs.

What does LGBTQIA+ affirming mean?

Members of the LGBTQIA+ community suffer from poor mental health at a higher rate than average, and being queer can feel like a barrier to accessing support. I understand the types of challenges faced by members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Your gender and sexuality are welcome with me, whether exploring these is what brings you to therapy, or you just want to work with someone that you know is safe for you. We can speak openly about sex, sexuality, gender and everything that goes along with it.

Do you offer sliding scale rates?

I do not currently offer sliding scale rates but have a limited number of reduced rate sessions available costing £45 per session.

If you need some budget friendly support feel free to get in touch and I will be happy to direct you to a suitable charity or another practitioner who may offer sliding scales rates.

What if I need to cancel or am late?

I require 48-hour notice for cancellations for a full refund or to roll the payment over for your next session. If you have a disability or chronic illness that means you may need to cancel at short notice we can discuss this and create a personalised policy.

If you are running late please let me know via email (I check this before sessions and during if you have not arrived at the scheduled time). If you are 20 minute late the session will be cancelled as this is not enough time to safely work together.

What reasonable adjustments so you offer?

To request any adjustments please email me to let me know your needs, or to arrange a call to discuss what we can do to make counselling more accessible to you. I never require evidence that you need an adjustment.

Some examples of adjustments are:

  • Reminders for appointments

  • Different or larger font for forms and coloured paper

  • Adjusting lighting levels

  • A scent-free room

  • Different seating options

  • Space to move or the choice to stand during the appointment

  • Images of the room, the centre and myself in advance of our appointment

  • Paper to write on for in-person sessions or a chat function for online sessions if talking become challenging

  • Brining your BSL interpreter

  • Bringing your assistance dog

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