The therapy space…
I offer a warm, accepting, safe and confidential space for you to explore whatever is bringing you to therapy.
Initially, we will have a chat about what you would like from counselling and what I can offer, this can be face-to-face, phone, or by email.
If you decide to work with me, I can offer the following:
Time: Each session is 50 minutes, or up to 1.5 hours if required.
Location: There are various options for the sessions to take place:-
My therapy room – based in the centre of Stafford which is an artistic studio space, within a large victorian renovated building. There is free parking outside of the building, or a short walk (5-10 minutes) from Stafford town centre. This is a working art studio, therefore has lots of arts based equipment and resources insitu.
*Please be aware, there are two flights of stairs to access my room, and currently no disabled access. I would like to offer an alternative for those who may find the stairs a barrier to accessing my services.
Outdoor Location – we can arrange the sessions to be held in an outdoor natural space, such as Cannock Chase, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust sites, Trentham Gardens, or an alternative outdoor space of your choice.
Alternatively – We can arrange home visits, online or I could find alternative accommodation to suit your individual needs.
Frequency: I offer weekly or fortnightly sessions, brief in nature or long term to suit your needs. The frequency is set by you. It is best practice to have weekly sessions, and, on average, clients book between 6 and 12 sessions initially, however, each individual experience will be different.
You are free to end sessions for a period of time and then return if needed at a point in the future.
Fees: I offer a sliding scale of fee’s depending on your circumstances. This takes into consideration – students, unemployed, OAP, low income. The full rate excluding discounts would be £40 per session.
Payment: Payment is made in advance of the session by bacs transfer/paypal to secure the time/date of session required.
Cancellations: I require at least 24 hours notice of cancellation, a full payment is required for last minute cancellations (less than 24 hours) or missed appointments.
What happens during the first session?
The counselling contract:- this is an agreement between us, which explains the practical aspects of the way we will work together. We can discuss the counselling contract, and if we both agree, we can sign and both keep a copy. My counselling contract can be requested before the initial session and this can be sent to you by post or email, alternatively, there is a copy here.
The session:- The session is directed by yourself, where you will be given the time and space to explore whatever you choose. We can explore what you may like to include in the sessions, such as creative arts, or outdoor sessions.
What happens next? We can, if you wish, book the next appointment at this point or you can do so at a later time convenient to you. If you decide at any point that you would prefer the counselling sessions to stop, we can review and have an ending session.