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FAQS

What is Person-Centered Therapy?

Person-Centered Therapy, also sometimes called Client Centered-Therapy, is a Humanistic therapeutic model devised by Carl Rogers.

When a client comes to counselling feeling vulnerable or anxious the therapist's role is to offer a genuine relationship, unconditional acceptance and empathy. If the client perceives the therapists offering unconditional acceptance and empathy, then there will be positive change in the client. The therapist is 'non-directive', and the client leads in the session.

Why choose me as your therapist?

As your therapist I will offer you unconditional acceptance, warmth, and a genuine non-judgmental relationship in our sessions together. I am trained to offer therapy online and on the telephone.

I am committed to my personal and professional development, attending regular clinical supervision and also Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training. I follow the BACP code of Ethics, which you can downloaded here.

My BACP Registered Member number: 379105.

What therapeutic training have I had?

I hold an Honours degree in Person Centred Counselling (Middlesex University, London, 2019), and a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (The Metanoia Institute, London, 2019).

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training;

'Online and Telephone Counselling Foundation Course' (Led by: Kenneth Kelly & Rory Lees-Oakes, Counsellor Tutor, 80 hours CPD, April 2020 - September 2020). This course has been awarded Quality Checked training recognition by the National Counselling Society (NCS). Counselling Tutor is a recognised ACTO Online (Association for Counselling & Therapy Online) Training Provider.

'Safeguarding and managing risk through digital media - a practitioner resource' (Led by: Lynne Gabriel, Jules Prentice & Kath Caffrey, BACP April 2020).

'One day online workshop for delivering online counselling' (Led by: Liz Mackenzie, Online Counselling Services and Training, April 2020).

'Moving your practice online - a brief course for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners; going online in times of crisis' (Online Therapy Institute, March - April, 9 hours CPD, 2020).

'Talking about Sex in the Therapy Room' (Led by: Dr Meg-John Barker, one day training course, 2019)

'Working Alongside Trans, Gender Diverse and Questioning People' (Gendered Intelligence),

(Led by: Lee Gale and Amanda Middleton, two day training course 2019). 

'Using the Sand Tray as a Therapeutic Tool within an Integrative Approach' (Led by: Catherine Bishop, one day training course, 2019)

‘Counselling for Depression' (Led by: Lorraine Munro, two day training course, 2017).

'Dialogue with Carl Rogers about Today’s Clients'  (Led by: Charles O’Leary, 2017)

'Difficult Edge (Reaching Contact-Impaired People)', (The Metanoia Institute, London, 2016):

‘An Introduction to Prouty’s Pre-Therapy’ (Led by: Dion van Werde, two day training course),

‘Working with Autistic Process’ (Led by: Anja Rutten, one day training course),

‘Working with People with Dementia: Making Sense of Self’ (Led by: Danuta Lipinska, one day training course),

'Client-Centred Therapy in Psychiatric Landscapes' (Led by: Lisbeth Sommerbeck, two day training course),
‘Tenuous Contact’ : Person-centred Work with Adolescents & Teenagers’ (Led by: Peter Pearce & Ros Sewell, one day training course).

Additional training;
One year training in Integrative Counseling, including two day workshop in Play Therapy at The Minster Centre, London (2014 - 2015).

Introduction to Counselling Skills, 30 hours completed at the Minster Centre, London (2014).

Will our work together be confidential?

Yes, our work is confidential.

Please click here for my Privacy Notice which goes into detail regarding my legal and ethical requirements of practice regarding data protection and information storage and usage.

When can we meet?

I currently offer clients sessions Monday to Friday, with daytime and evening slots available. All sessions are 50 minutes long.

Where do we meet and is it an accessible space?

I offer face-to- face counselling at:

198 Church Road
Hove
BN3 2DJ

Hove train station is a 10 minute walk away.

Bus routes: 1, 1a, 5, and 49.

At my practice I am able to offer accessible entry into the building at ground level, with access to a ramp if you use a wheelchair or other mobility aids. The rooms that we meet are on the ground floor. The WC is sadly not considered accessible. There is an accessible WC within a 5 minute walk in Tesco's. No Radar key is needed. 

The WC at 198 is gender neutral.

Please click here to see photos of the reception area and counselling rooms where we meet.

How often do we meet? 


A lot of clients find it most helpful to meet weekly. However, you may be in a period of your life where you are experiencing severe distress, and may want to meet more than once weekly. We will discuss how often you would like to meet in our first session. You are free at any point to change the frequency of our sessions.


How many sessions will I need?
This is unique to every client. Sometimes clients may only need a few sessions to feel some relief, and end our work there. Others may continue to choose to work together for months, or years. I will offer regular reviews to ask you if you feel that our work together is useful, and if you would like to continue.

What will happen in our 30 minute assessment session?
You will call me at a prearranged time that works for us both.

I will be in a confidential space, and request that you do also.
I will explain to you that what you tell me is confidential.
You will have the space tell me what has brought you to counselling, and to ask me any questions about myself, or about our work together.
You will have an opportunity to tell me how you would like us to work together.

I will offer you empathy, unconditional acceptance, warmth, and a genuine non-judgmental relationship.

After our assessment, you will hopefully have a sense of who I am as your therapist and if we are good ‘fit’ together.

I will not pressure you to commit to further sessions, and you can feel free to leave the session to think about if you would like to continue our work together.

Should we choose to work together, I will ask you to sign my Privacy Notice  enabling me to keep notes about our work together.

Click here for my Privacy Notice.

Fees

Assessment is 30 minutes at £30, all following sessions (including online meetings in their varying forms) are £55 and payable in cash or BACS transfer within 24 hours of meeting together.

I offer some sliding scale sessions at a lower rate, please get in touch to discuss if this is something that you may need.


Cancellations
I understand that in life there can be moments that arise, which we cannot predict, and so I offer up to 24 hour cancellation without charge.
After this time period fees are required to be paid in full.