Here are some common questions about counselling.



What is counselling?
Counselling (or “talk therapy”) is the undertaking of therapeutic conversations between a counsellor and a client. Specific problems are addressed and you are supported to find solutions to your issues. This can involved talking about life’s influences on you including your upbringing. A counsellor works alongside you to identify possible ways forward. A counsellor will not tell you what to do but facilitate your own process of discovering what seems right for you..
What is Therapy?
Therapy (or psychotherapy) is similar to counselling but may dig deeper in understanding how issues effect you. Life scripts, patterns, the past and the relation between aspects of the client’s life can all be considered. Generally therapists have a higher level of training but there are many overalps between therapist and counsellor techniques.
Is all therapy/counselling the same?
There are many different approaches to therapy and counselling and your therapist will be able to talk you through their particular approach. My main approach is to blend systemic and psychodynamic theories which look at influences in your wider life as well as your thoughts and beliefs that shape how you view the world.
Are therapy and counselling the same?
Therapy and counselling are often used interchangeably. As approaches they have much more in common than they do have differences. One potential difference is that someone offering therapy will usually have a higher level of training but this is not always the case.
What is Relationship Therapy?

Relationship Therapy focuses mainly on the issues and challenges people can experience as a result of how they experience other people. Whilst relationships therapists work with couples and familes, they also work with many individuals who are struggling with relationsal issues. Maecenas eu placerat ante. Fusce ut neque justo, et aliquet enim. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Nullam commodo neque erat, vitae facilisis erat. Cras at mauris ut tortor vestibulum fringilla vel sed metus. Donec interdum purus a justo feugiat rutrum. Sed ac neque ut neque dictum accumsan. Cras lacinia rutrum risus, id viverra metus dictum sit amet.

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How long is a session?
I work on a 50 minute session time so that a session can be completed and notes made prior to the start of the next session. If you arrive late to a session we can only continue to the scheduled end time so as not to inconvenience other clients.
What types of sessions do you offer?

I offer both in-person and remote counselling.

I offer in person sessions from purpose built counselling rooms in the centre of Leeds. I usually offer evening sessions on a Monday and Friday evening and can do daytime sessions on weekdays except Wednesday afternoons.

I offer video, voice and Instant Messaging services on-line through the PlusGuidance therapy platform. I use this platform as it is more secure than Skype and purpose developed to maintain the integrity of confidential discussions.

I also offer telephone counselling for those who would prefer to access remote counselling but who may not have access to or may not wish to use on-line systems.

How many sessions will I need?

Clients often wish to know how many sessions it will take to resolve their issue. However as you can appreciate this will depend on the extent of the help and support you require and the nature of the challenges you face.

From experience most clients need between 7 to 8 sessions but this is an average and whilst some find resolution after a couple of sessions, others on a few occassions require support over many months. I will discuss with you as the therapy progresses on how much work may be required but want to stress this is always a joint decision and you are free to end our agreement at any point.

What happens if I miss or can't attend a session?

Whilst it is important to give your therapy sessions priority, it is understandable that events can mean that you are not always able to attend. If you know in advance then we can talk through how this may impact the work and arrange another suitable time.

I ask that you give me 48 hours notice if you need to cancel and there will be no charge. If you cancel an in-person session giving a days notice, then I will need to charge £10 to cover the costs of room charges. Cancellations on the day will be charged at the full rate as I will be unable to fill the slot at such short notice.

For on-line sessions rules around cancellation are subject to the Plusguidance policies and I’m unable to  make adjustments to this.


Is what we discuss kept confidential?
All therapists and counsellors treat confidentiality extremely seriously. For some people it can be difficult to talk about traumatic events and so it is very important that they know that what they say will be kept confidential. All sessions are usually kept confidential but there are certain exceptions to this. Usually any confidentiality agreement will insist on permission to break the agreement if it becomes clear that someone is at risk of serious harm. However If that were the case I would discuss this with you. Counsellors are also legally required to report any information to do with terrorism or money laundering. However outside these exceptional circumstance, counsellors will not talk with anyone else about your issues except, possibly a supervisor but in this situation your anonymity would be protected.
Is on-line therapy secure?

I specificly use the PlusGuidance website because of it’s security features. Their data transfer encryption is akin to that used by banks and the military meaning that all messages are encrypted so not even their technical team can read them.

All correspondence on the PlusGuidance system is kept strictly between you and I regardless of whether it is through messaging, video or voice sessions. No video or audio sessions are recorded and you can delete any message history.

Please note I do not use Skype as it is not fully secure and people can listen in to conversations.

How much do you charge?

In-person and telephone counselling sessions are charged at £45 per hour. This price is the same for individuals, couples and families.

The prices for my on-line services are detailed on the PlusGuidance counselling platform ( Please note these prices will change in mid-June when PlusGuidance move to a set subscription basis charging system.

How do I pay?

If after a brief initial discussion over the phone you wish to proceed with counselling, I will send you a counselling agreement and forward bank details. I ask that sessions are paid for atleast 48 hours in advance to secure the booking.

For on-line sessions, the PlusGuidance website has facilities for you to pay by debit or credit card.

How can I make counselling more affordable?
Whilst it may appear that counselling can be quite expensive particularly if you need a large number of sessions, however most clients truly value the benefits to their emotional wellbeing or relationships that counselling can offer. If you are unsure you can afford weekly sessions then arrange appointments on a fortnightly basis is possible. I’m happy to discuss any concerns with payments but would highlight the value that counselling can provide.
What qualifications do you have?

I have an MA in Relationship Therapy and am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I have worked as a counsellor/therapist for over five years working with individuals, couples and families. I passed my Master’s degree with Distinction but would be the first to say that one of the most important aspects of therapy is that the client feels comfortable with the therapist they choose to work with. To aid your decision I’m happy to chat on-line or on the phone to discuss what support you require and explain more about how I work.

In addition to the above qualification, I also have a BSc and an MBA. In work I have trained and acted as a coach and mentor as well as a variety of quality training programs. I continue to undertake continued personal development (CPD) courses to ensure my practise remains up-to-date

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