Online counselling is offered via Skype or Whatsapp video calling, ideal for those who need to self-isolate or who find it difficult to create a larger window during their day in order to attend a face-to-face appointment. You will need a quiet place in order to do your session where you preferably cannot be overheard, and a good broadband connection or mobile phone signal. For this reason it is not always ideal for you to be walking in the park, for example, as you may find it difficult to concentrate or may be concerned about becoming upset at the content of your session.
£50 each for individual adults 21+
£45 for young persons
See also couples section
What most of us have in mind when we think about counselling, you visit for a hour appointment and speak individually with me about what is concerning you in your life. Ideally once per week, I can also entertain the idea of fortnightly sessions with the possibility of 'homework' in between.
Counselling will not work for you simply by attending sessions, if you do not reflect upon what we discuss and start to apply it to your life outside the counselling room.
Individual sessions £50 for adults 21+
Working with couples I offer a longer first session of 90 minutes for both parties to really air their concerns, after that sessions are for 60 minutes each. Couples counselling is not about confronting your partner about every past misdeed and argument, but rather is an opportunity to look at the way in which you both interact and how you might improve your communication.
Couples In person
Initial session 90 minutes £75
Subsequent one hour sessions £60
Initial session 90 minutes £65
Subsequent one hour sessions 60
I offer counselling for students from teenage upwards. My setting is a very informal office in my own home, parents can bring their youngsters inside to the first session but unfortunately I cannot offer them anywhere to wait.
All counselling by its nature needs to be confidential so I do ask that parents or guardians not pressure their youngsters to discuss the content afterwards, nor prohibit them from discussing with me things which they might prefer 'stay within the family'. Please feel free as a parent to call me before your child starts if you would like to discuss any safeguarding concerns you may have.
I cannot offer progress updates unless a young person requests one, but occasionally I might encourage a youngster to bring their adult to the session as a one-off.
Young people face-to-face or online £45
I offer a limited number of concessionary appointments for full-time students, the unemployed, OAPs receiving pension credit and counselling students* who may need to undergo longer term counselling as part of their training. These appointments unfortunately cannot take place after 6pm in the evening.
Cost of concessionary sessions £40
*Please note, it is counselling students responsibility to check with their college that my setting complies with their individual study requirements.
Covid is a real concern, believe me - I have had it and you should avoid it at all costs if you can. My counselling room is sufficiently large for us to sit at a safe 2m distance. I have an air quality filter which removes pollen and some viruses from the air, and I will disinfect my table and seat between clients. I will ask you to clean your hands on the way in, and also have masks which allow you to see my face, and vice versa, available for use.
I do need to ask that you bring your own drinks for the time being, I am more than happy to fill your mug or personal cup with filtered drinking water, but will not be able to offer use of my personal drinking glasses, nor do I wish to add to the landfill problem of disposable plastics.
I would ask you to use the bathroom before you come, wherever possible, to prevent the need for me to disinfect the toilet here also between clients.
I will not take offence if you wish to being your own blanket to cover my chair, for your own use.
When I first came to see you I was skeptical about whether counseling would help, but it really was the best decision. I'm in the best place mentally that I've ever been, which I can't have imagined happening a year ago.
I just wanted to let you know how my exam went. I am so happy to say I got through it with very little panic. I had a slight wobble in the morning, however once I got inside and got into it, it went very smoothly. Using the exam visualisation just before I went inside the exam hall and doing the breathing exercise once during, was more than enough to help me through it.
Once I stayed calm and concentrated on the exam questions, the 3 hours seemed to pass quickly. I only got up once and that was not just to escape the room! Even at one point during, I was so happy and proud that I was actually sitting in there calmly, I wanted to cry happy tears. Lucky I stopped myself!
I am still currently waiting for the results, however I am hoping for the best!
At a point in my life when I felt so lost, I picked Sally to help me, and that's exactly what she has done and much more. Her natural ability to care and listen, coupled with her professional approach is exactly what I needed.
I leave Sally knowing more about myself and others around me and the comfort that she is there for me. I thoroughly recommend Sally, her expertise and positive attitude.
I struggle with depression, and after coming off my meds I needed to see someone. Sally was brilliant. She helped me look at deeper issues which I hadn't realised before.