Frequently Asked Questions about Counselling

What is therapy?

Therapy is a confidential space where a person can talk through any issues or concerns they are experiencing. Therapy involves a trained listener who has a knowledge of psychology being actively involved in the process, allowing the person seeking therapy to more efficiently explore their feelings and behaviours, understand themselves and move forward in a positive manner. Therapy will look different for each individual but aims to enable a person to help themselves. Therapy does not involve the therapist or counsellor sitting as if an expert, giving out advice; therapy should be mutually respectful, partnership working.

How long is a session?

Sessions last 50 minutes. They are normally on the same day at the same time each week. However, exact therapy timings and plans can be agreed at our first session.

How many sessions will I need?

This differs for each person and can be discussed further at your first session. Factors which may affect the length of therapy include the type and severity of presenting issues and an individual’s goals for their course of therapy.

How much does counselling cost?

My standard fee is £55 per session for an individual and £80 per session for couples therapy at Highgate and East Finchley Practices. However, should cost be a barrier for you please call me to discuss as I would like therapy to be accessible to all.

How do I book my first session?

If you would like to book your first session please contact me on 07908 190720 or email john@counsellingin.london. If you cannot get through to me immediately, I am probably in a session with a client. Please leave your name and contact number and I will reply to your message as soon as I can.

How can I contact you between sessions?

Should you need to contact me to cancel a session or because you are running late, you may telephone me. I am available between my working hours of 7am – 9pm. You should leave a voice message if I do not answer, and I will get back to you.

How do I finish my therapy?

Clients can end sessions at any time. However, clients attend sessions on the basis that they agree to give advance notice of leaving therapy, and to meet for some final closing sessions ( I recommend at least 2 sessions), to address any unresolved issues and finish in a safe way.

How confidential is counselling?

My objective is to offer a confidential, safe and comfortable setting for the therapy services I provide to clients. All sessions are private and I maintain confidentiality in line with the ethical guidelines of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), of which I am a member.

I can be contacted by telephone or email if you have anything you would like to ask. An informal chat about whether counselling might be right for you is a good way to start. We can then have an initial session either at Highgate or East Finchley.

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