When you start counselling you ideally make a commitment to a weekly session to meet with me, your counsellor. Counselling is a two-way process, both the counsellor and client have to put the effort in, the more effort we put in the better the results are likely to be.
I offer counselling to people experiencing a wide variety of concerns. If I feel I am not the most appropriate service for you, I will offer alternative suggestions whenever possible.
I ask kindly that you do not attend your counselling session whilst under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs.
I am bound by confidentiality. If however, I believe you to be in imminent danger to yourself or a risk to others I may break that confidentiality. This is in accordance with the Counsellors Ethical Framework for Good Practice. In certain circumstances I may consider it necessary to liaise with your GP should I have concerns about your wellbeing and in order to support you further. In both of these situations, this would be following a conversation with you where possible.
If you are under the age of eighteen, I encourage you to involve your parents/caregivers so that they know you are having counselling, or another responsible adult such as a relative or teacher, just so you have someone else for support outside of our sessions. Nothing that you tell me will be shared with your parents or caregivers without your permission. If a parent brings their child for counselling they will need to sign a parental consent form.
I have off-road parking here at my counselling room and should you bring anyone along who is not attending the session with you, they are more than welcome to stay in the car on my drive during your session.
I don’t, however, have a waiting room, therefore I also ask that you arrive no sooner than 5 minutes before your session. This is simply out of respect for your confidentiality and that of my other clients. I may not have another car in the driveway, but that doesn’t mean I am not with a client.
Payments are made on the day of your counselling session, or before should you prefer.
Sometimes, of course, life gets in the way of even the best-made plans and you may have to cancel your session. It happens. I am very flexible and will do everything I reasonably can to fit in with you should you need to cancel a session. I do, however, ask for full payment if a cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the session or for a missed session.
If I have left any questions unanswered for you, please do call me and I can answer those queries and provide you with any reassurance that you might need.
“I was apprehensive at first but Sophie made me feel at ease and comfortable and throughout she helped me believe in myself again and get the confidence and strength back.
My time with Sophie was invaluable.”