What days are you available?
Mon-Fri: 1pm-7pm Sat: 10am-12pm
Do you offer evening sessions?
I offer sessions at 5.30pm and 7pm Mon-Fri.
Do you offer weekend sessions?
I offer sessions between 10am and 12pm Saturdays.
Do you offer online sessions?
Yes. I offer sessions on Zoom.
Where do sessions take place?
Sessions take place in my counselling room in Bridgwater (34a, St. Mary St., Bridgwater, TA6 3LY). This is above the estate agents’ office, Wilkie May and Tuckwood. Turn right into the driveway and you come to a blue door that says 34a. There is no intercom, I will come down and let you in.
Are your rooms accessible?
I am sorry that there is a flight of stairs up to my room and they are the only access.
Do you provide home visits?
No. I don’t provide home visits.
Do you offer a free initial session?
Yes. I offer a free initial sesson where you can see if you feel you would like to work with me without making any investment or commitment.
How much do you charge for sessions?
Sessions are £50. I do have some concessions available. Please ask me at our initial meeting.
How long are sessions?
Sessions are 60mins. (The initial session is 40-60mins). They usually take place weekly as this is known to be more effective than having a longer gap between sessions, but other arrangements are possible. We usually agree a time that works for us both and you come at that time each week, however if you need more flexible times or to change the time some weeks it is absolutely possible to that. I will do my best to find times that work for you.
How many sessions can I have?
I don’t limit the number of sessions you can have. If you have had counselling before, it is possible that you may have been offered a limited number of sessions, perhaps just 6. I will work with you until you for as long as you would like me to, and as long as we both feel you are benefitting. You are not committed to a certain number of sessions, you can choose to end at any time. After the initial session you may feel that actually I don’t feel like the right counsellor for you and you just let me know that you don’t want to work with me. I won’t be able to tell you at the first session how many sessions you may need, but we can discuss what your own thoughts are about this. It is important to understand that counselling for some issues can last for some time and to think about how much it may cost and whether that is manageable.
Are you properly qualified?
Yes. I qualified as a counsellor in 2015 with a Level 4 diploma from CPCAB.
I have also completed a postgraduate diploma in Counselling for Trauma at the University of Chester and am currently working on my dissertation to obtain a full MSc.
When you come for counselling you may be concerned about sharing sensitive things about yourself and whether what you say is confidential. Usually what you tell me can stay between us. If, however you choose to share certain information that may not be the case. In the initial session I will explain what information I may need to share with someone else and in what circumstances. You will have a written copy of this information to refer to so you are able to choose whether you want me to know something or not. There are very few situations where I must disclose information, terrorism, for example, not things like drug use.
Do you work with couples?
No I don’t work with couples.
Do you work with children and young people?
No, I specialize in working with adults.
What issues do you specialize in?
I specialize in working with people who have had traumatic experiences, particularly in the area of childhood sexual abuse, physical or verbal abuse and neglect. Trauma can take many forms, such as bullying at school to car accidents, unexpected or violent bereavements, assaults, domestic abuse and rape, to name but a few. If you have been through something that you consider to have been traumatic or life-changing a trauma-informed approach may be needed for you to heal from the painful issues you are dealing with. This is something I can offer you.