I can help you with this by offering you a free 30-minute chat session using any of the online/phone call options explained. This will give you the chance to ask me any amount of questions and help you to decide if counselling is right for you.
Some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below might help you to make your decision:
Online/telephone counselling can be beneficial to people for lots of reasons: --- Due to its flexibility it can be really helpful for people who have a busy school, college, university and/or work life and other important commitments. This means that during our initial free 30-minute chat session we can decide together whether to have weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions, or whether you would prefer to contact me ‘as and when’ needed. I believe it is always helpful to have a safe and supportive space to talk, but this doesn’t need to be at the same time every week in order for it to be valuable. --- It can be really helpful for people who have little access to transport or have a disability that means they cannot attend face-to-face counselling in a designated setting. --- It can also be a great option if you have never had counselling before and are a little nervous and unsure of what to expect. --- Online/phone counselling means that you and I can talk whilst you are in the comfort of your own home or another place of comfort. --- An advantage of the instant messenger and email options is that you can write about your thoughts and feelings if talking about them is something you find difficult. --- You can change which type of session you have at any point if you feel one option isn’t right for you and want to try something different.
All of the things we talk about and all of the notes we make together, including the worksheets/activities you do during sessions will be kept securely in line with GDPR and data protection policies. It will all be stored in a password protected folder on a password protected computer.
Our conversations will be kept entirely confidential, but the only time this confidentiality would have to be broken is if you disclose something that I feel is a concern and might be putting you or another person at risk of harm. In this situation I would have to report this to my supervisor and other relevant people. However, this is something I will explain in more detail during our 30-minute chat session.
This is entirely up to you. You can have as many sessions as you feel you need. We can review your progress throughout your sessions.
If you have a goal in mind that you would like to achieve then that’s great, we can work towards this together by exploring your thoughts and feelings and helping you to find new coping strategies to reach your goal/s. However, sometimes it’s hard to know what goals you have straight away so early on into counselling, but don’t worry because this is something we can work on together during your sessions.
Counselling is about empowerment, so a key part of the counselling is to help you make your own decisions and support you to become resilient. I can guide you through these decisions and can suggest things that might help, but what you choose to do is ultimately up to you. Counselling strives to help you to become independent and to feel empowered.
Yes, you can do this but please make sure that counselling is something they want before you refer them. Clients won’t be forced into counselling if they aren’t ready for them or if they decide they don’t want the sessions.
This is okay, not everyone finds it easy to talk about how they are feeling. This is something that takes time and counsellors respect this. You can share your feelings during our sessions in many other ways such as via the instant messenger or email option using icons and emojis, through worksheets/activities, or through drawing or painting and then sharing these virtually so we can explore them together.
Let’s Talk About It provides counselling to children and young people between the ages of 4 and 25. All clients are provided with a safe and supportive therapeutic space to talk about and express their thoughts and feelings freely and without judgement, and their sessions are catered to meet their ages, needs, and goals for therapy.
If you are aged 4-13, I will need to get your parents/carers permission before we start working together. If you are 14 or 15 you may need the permission of your parents/carers, but please do contact me to check. If you are 16+ you don’t need parental permission. You can contact me with general questions at any age.
On weekday evenings (Monday & Wednesday) during term-time, I work between 7pm and 9pm with final sessions starting at 8pm.
During the main school holidays [Summer, Easter & Christmas - excluding 24th, 25th & 26th December] I work every weekday between the hours of 9am and 4pm.
You can also book to have your sessions on a Saturday morning between the hours of 9am and 1pm, with the final session starting at 12pm.
If this does not fit with your availability, please do still contact me as alternate times can be arranged. I can be flexible and would like to see if there is a way that we can make counselling work for you.
I know myself how expensive counselling can be and so I try my best to make the sessions as affordable as possible for you. I charge…
£30 for a 50-minute video or voice call session
£25 for a 1-hour email session
£20 for a 50-minute instant message session
I take payments via bank transfer or PayPal.
I will not make you commit to attending regular sessions if this is not what you want or can afford. If you aren’t sure whether you can afford counselling or not, please do still contact with me as it may be possible for me to offer you a slightly reduced rate depending on your situation.