frequently asked questions
How do I choose the right counsellor or therapist for me?
I encourage potential clients to explore their options and choose a psychotherapist or counsellor who feels right for them. You can find further information on choosing a therapist here https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/how-to-get-therapy/ . I offer a free, 30 minute ‘taster’ session in which you can ask me any questions you have and get a sense of how I work and whether this feels like a good fit for you.
Are there any circumstances in which you can’t work with me?
I do not work with clients who are already working with another psychotherapist or counsellor as this can be counterproductive and confusing for the client. There are some experiences I do not work with and would recommend that clients work with a psychotherapist specialising in this area, such as complex post-traumatic stress disorder or recent bereavement.
Is psychotherapy/ counselling confidential?
Confidentiality is essential for keeping my clients safe and for building trust into the therapeutic relationship. Psychotherapy and counselling is confidential with some qualifiers and exceptions to this principle. These are in place in order to ensure I work to ethical and professional standards, protect the safety and wellbeing of my clients and others, and do not break the law. These include:
Supervision- In order to ensure the quality of my work and that I am working ethically I discuss my clients issues with a supervisor. During supervision I anonymise and generalise client details and do not reveal any details which might disclose their identity (such as their names or specific details of where they live or work)
Reporting serious and long term harm to self or others- If you disclose that you or another person you tell me about, including children, is at risk of immediate, serious and long term damage I may be obliged to report this. I will strive to discuss this with you before disclosing the issue, unless doing so would cause you or any other people involved to be at greater risk.
Reporting illegal activities- I am obliged to report certain illegal activities, such as terrorist activities or money-laundering
How long will I need therapy for?
There is not set answer to this question- the length of therapy required will depend on you, your individual way of approaching issues and the issues you are dealing with. I offer short-term therapy, which tends to focus on issues in the here and now, and long-term therapy, which tends to look both at here and now issues and how these correspond to experiences from earlier on in your life or patterns to your experience. However, these are not set rules.
We can discuss whether you want a short or longer term focus at the beginning of working together. In long-term therapy we check in about progress on a regular basis. There is no obligation or contract to stay in therapy- you are free to use the service for as long as it is useful for you and to leave whenever you want to.
Where are you based?
I work face to face out of the Chorlton Rooms, Chorlton, Manchester. You can find further details here. I also work online using the Zoom platform. In order to access online support you will need a reliable internet connection and a confidential space.
How does online therapy work?
Online therapy is dellivered over an online platform called Zoom. You do not need to download any apps or software to use this- I will simply send you a link which will open a virtual ‘meeting room’. I send you a fresh link for each session. In order to access online support you will need a reliable internet connection and will need to meet in a confidential space where you will not be interrupted. With online therapy it is preferable that we meet once face to face offline if possible so that we have a fuller sense of what each other is like in person. If you are an online client I will discuss this with you during the ‘taster’ session.
What issues do you work with?
I have experience of working with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression; grief and trauma; shame; assertiveness, confidence and self-esteem; anger management; relationship issues including divorce and break ups; navigating parent/ child relationships (as both a child and a parent); work and career related issues; discrimination and abuse including domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse and bullying; coming out as LGB and/ or T; exploring one’s gender identity and /or sexual orientation and/or sexual and intimate relationship style; gender dysphoria; navigating non-binary identities; dealing with social transition as a trans and/ or non-binary/ gender diverse person; minority stress; body dysmorphia; body image; fatphobia; suicidal ideation; self-harm; hearing voices; personality ‘disorders’; being on the autistic spectrum; spirituality; and seeking asylum.
How long does each sessions last?
Sessions begin on the hour and last 50 minutes. This includes any time needed to fill in paperwork.
How regular are sessions?
You can book sessions either on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
How much do you charge?
I charge a sliding scale of £35-£55/ hour depending on your income and circumstances. This can be discussed during the ‘taster’ session or first session. You can find a detailed information about my fees here. I do not ask questions about or ask for proof of income. However, please pay what is appropriate to your income- this enables me to make my service accessible to those who need it.
I offer fortnightly as well as weekly sessions, to make my service more accessible to those on a lower income.
I reserve a limited number of pay as you feel ‘solidarity slots’ for people who identify in one or more of the following ways- as trans, non-binary, gender diverse, disabled and/ or a person of colour, who would otherwise not have been able to afford therapy. I make this offer because people from these groups tend to be more economically disadvantaged.
What does Person-Centred Therapy mean?
Person-centred Therapy means that I am client led and see my role as to help you realise your full potential, as defined by you, working at your pace. At the heart of my practice is an intention to work in an empathic, unconditionally supportive and genuine way, and to make sure that this is communicated to you.
What does Integrative Therapy mean?
As an integrative therapist, I see individual experience and personality as composed of many ‘layers’. Calling to mind the inner rings to a tree trunk- or looking at the rain or shine logo!- offers a way of imagining this. These layers could relate to childhood experiences, familial relationships, how you understand your identities and your relationship to society, or whether you have a faith practice, for example. I am trained in a variety of approaches which each ‘speak’ to these layers in their own way. I draw on these flexibly according to each individual client’s needs. In this way I help clients to bring all aspects of their experience into their current awareness.
What does Relational Therapy mean?
As a relational therapist, I understand my clients not as islands, but rather in terms of the relationships they have had, are having and wish to create in the future. The therapist- client relationship we have mirrors how relationships might work for you in the outside world, and through our relationship we can look to explore and repair relationships dynamics that are currently not working or have not worked well for you in the past. We work collaboratively to achieve your therapeutic aims.