Practical information about counselling and therapy
What happens if I get in touch?
I would suggest a free-of-charge phone consultation of up to 20 minutes, to talk about what you are looking for from therapy, and whether my approach is a good fit for you.
If we decide to work together, we would then arrange a first appointment to talk in more depth about what is bringing you to therapy and to map out a way forward.
Choosing a therapist is an important personal decision, so I will understand if you want to speak with a number of therapists before deciding.
For more information, see my blog on What happens in the first therapy session
What difference does Covid-19 make?
At present I am working online and by phone only.
When Covid restrictions allow, I will return to the Nurture therapy rooms, and will provide you with full information about Nurture's physical distancing and hygiene rules.
Are the therapy rooms fully accessible?
The Nurture rooms near Charing Cross, Glasgow are on the ground floor but there are 6 steps up to the front door outside.
Please contact me if this is a barrier for you, so that we can discuss your needs. In addition to online therapy, I may be able to offer you face-to-face sessions at an alternative venue with fully accessible rooms.
Is therapy confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the key principles that guide my work. I work in accordance with the Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice of the Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute (GPTI) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
How long do therapy sessions last, and how much do they cost?
I see most clients for one hour on a weekly basis, meeting on the same day and time each week.
Therapy costs £40 per session, payable by bank transfer or in cash. I review my fees annually.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The terms ‘counselling’, ‘therapy’ and ‘psychotherapy’ are often used interchangeably. Psychotherapists have usually completed a longer initial training programme, including a placement in the mental health system. However, some counsellors have also undertaken extensive training and are very experienced.