Frequently Asked Questions

  • For most people the aim of counselling is to find relief or support - or perhaps to try to change/adjust something in your life that’s troubling you. The counsellor’s aim is to provide a safe, trusting relationship, to offer insights and together help unravel the motivations behind the way you operate. Today’s behaviour is often influenced by our past experiences. For counselling to be productive a safe and confidential setting is vital; someone trained and experienced in the art of listening is essential and then, from this place, you will hopefully begin to express and explore your inner feelings. The counselling setting aims to offer much needed space to think clearly, make choices, explore options, reduce confusion and begin to find new ways of living a more satisfying and resourceful life.

    If you feel that counselling would be helpful then please ring or Contact me by email. I have an answerphone and will return your call to discuss an initial appointment as soon as I can.

    I work from a very quiet and private room close to the Soldiers’ Fields in Roundhay, North Leeds. There is easy access by public transport and ample on-street parking. During our initial telephone conversation drivers will be offered further details regarding parking.

    Now is the perfect opportunity for you to talk about what it was that made you make that initial internet search. I will do my very best to provide you with a safe and relaxed environment; we may explore some of your history and there will also be ample time for you to ask whatever questions you may have.

    We can then decide together if I am the right person to help you and whether you would like to come back for further sessions. There is no obligation for you to return. If we mutually decide to continue meeting then diary dates will be made for us to meet on a regular basis, usually the same day at the same time each week. Each session lasts for 50-minutes. Many issues can be resolved in short term work, whilst others may require us to meet for a longer time. The number of sessions will be discussed and mutually agreed when we meet.

    Yes. Everything discussed between us is kept strictly confidential in accordance with BACP’s Ethical Framework. Only in extreme cases, such as risk to human life or a child's safety, would any contact be made with third parties. This will be discussed at our first meeting.

  • Yes, I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and also on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors/Psychotherapists. I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework.

    I work with a local network of very experienced BACP Accredited counsellors (ROUNDHAY COUNSELLING) and, should I have no available space I will try to ensure that you get the most appropriate help in the shortest possible time.

    My counselling fees, which are £48-£52 per session for a 50-minute appointment, are invoiced on a monthly basis. These fees are reviewed annually on 1st April. I may have some reduced cost places available.

    If you are able to give me 24-hour’s prior notice of a cancellation there will be no charge – otherwise the usual fee will be charged. I will also ensure to give you ample notice if for some reason I cannot keep our appointment.