FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions.  If you have a question that is not answered here please feel free to contact me.

General Questions

Q     Where are you located?
A      My office and therapy room is located in Birmingham City Centre (B1), near to the Mailbox.  Easily accessible by car and public transport.  I offer individual therapy (Counselling & Psychotherapy) and supervision at the city centre location only.
Group therapy runs at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre in Moseley.
Please refer to the Locations page for further details.

Q     What days & times do you work?
A     I offer day and evening appointment times during the week: Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday from 11am-9pm, and Thursday from 2-9pm.  I’m not available for individual counselling or psychotherapy appointments on Friday’s but I am available for supervision sessions.

Q     Are you a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist?
A     Yes.  I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist.  I studied at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham for a BSc (hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy degree.  The degree is validated by Coventry University and accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).  I’ve completed the training elements for a Diploma in Clinical Supervision with The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute.  I’ve also completed the training elements for a Certificate in Group Facilitation at The Gestalt Centre in London.

Q     Are you a member of a professional organisation?
A     Yes.  I am a member of the BACP and I am on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  For more information about me please see the About Me page.

Q     Do you offer placements/ voluntary experience/ employment?
A     Unfortunately, no.  I’m registered as a sole trader and I’m not insured to have anyone working for me in either a voluntary or paid employment capacity.

 

Individual Therapy (Counselling & Psychotherapy)

Q     Is there a waitlist?  Will I have to wait for an appointment for counselling?
A     You will usually be offered a first appointment straight away.

Q     How long does an individual therapy session last?
A     All sessions last for 50 minutes.

Q     What happens in an individual therapy session?
A     When we meet for the first time you can talk about what brings you to counselling and what you would like to get out of counselling.  We can agree a contract of our work together.  At each subsequent session you use the time how you want, to explore your situation, thoughts, and feelings.

Q     How long will the individual therapy take overall?
A     There is no absolute answer to this question because everyone is different.  At our first meeting together we can discuss the length of counselling (I offer short and long term work) and we can review this as the work progresses.

Q     What happens if I arrive late to an individual therapy session?
A     The session lasts 50 minutes from the agreed start time.  If you arrive late, the finish time is still as pre-arranged.  e.g.  if the agreed start time is 6pm and you arrive at 6:15pm, it would still finish at 6:50pm.

Q     What if I need to cancel an individual therapy session?
A     You may cancel a session without incurring any fee by providing at least 48 hours notice.  If you cancel within 48 hours you will still be liable to pay the full fee.  This is because I am still liable to pay room hire charges.

Q     How much does an individual therapy session cost?
A      The initial session is half price (£25).  After that, a 50 minute session costs £50.  I may be able to negotiate a lower rate for students or low wage earners.  If you think you may be eligible for a lower rate please contact me to discuss this further.

 

Group Therapy

Q     Where does the therapy group run?
A      The group meets at Birmingham Buddhist Centre in Moseley in a room tucked away at the back of the centre.

Q     When does the therapy group run?
A     The group runs during the weekday daytime.

Q     How do I join a therapy group?
A      Please contact me in the first instance. I endeavor to arrange a brief phone conversation before inviting you to attend an assessment session where we can collaboratively discuss whether joining the group would be right for you. The assessment session will last one hour and there is a fee of £25.

Q     Is there a waitlist?  
A     The therapy group is limited to 8 members.  Sometimes I might need to keep your details on a waitlist until a place becomes available.

Q     How much does group therapy cost?
A     The fee for each session is fixed at £20. There are 2 places at £15 for people who are on a low-income.  Members are asked to commit to a minimum of 12 weeks attendance.

Q     I like the sound of group therapy, but how do I know if it is for me?
A     Although group therapy can be a wonderfully enriching experience, it won’t appeal to everyone. I offer an initial assessment session for anyone who is interested in joining a group where we can collaboratively discuss how helpful group therapy might be for you.

Q     Can I have individual therapy as well as joining the therapy group? / I’m already in individual therapy with another therapist – can I still join the therapy group?
A     It is possible for people to have both individual therapy and group therapy. You don’t necessarily have to have individual therapy with me, and it’s not usually a problem to be in individual therapy with a different therapist and attend group therapy (though I’d recommend that you check this out with your therapist beforehand).