How does the counselling work?

In your initial contact with me you may share a little of your concerns and how you would like things to be different. In conversation we will decide how to proceed.

During our initial meeting, (session), whether face to face, over the telephone or online, you will be invited to talk openly about your worries. If we both feel comfortable we will agree a regular time and day to meet, along with ongoing cost. Usually meetings, are weekly lasting 50 minutes. I will take some basic details, like name, address and a phone number. I will keep some brief records of each meeting.

Can’t get to Staines? Remember whatever suits you best. Face to face or online or by telephone.

If you are choosing to work online I will talk with you about VSee and how we ensure our work together remains confidential and you have somewhere you feel safe to talk.

VSee is an online video call platform I have been working with in my practice for some time, designed initially specifically for tele-medicine. Working with VSee helps create a distinction from any other social media platform. I selected VSee because;

1. It is health work approved

2. It is compatible with P.C’s, iPads and androids, if you need to download the app.

3. Mobiles? the screen size is not conducive to therapeutic work.

4. It is as straightforward as possible for all concerned.

If you are familiar with Skype working via VSee will be very similar. I will send you an invitation, once accepted we can start video conferencing. You can choose to download the app or follow a link from email. Just like attending your appointment in person, I will be online waiting for your call to connect us and begin our work together.

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By telephone? Working over the telephone as with video conferencing I invite you to consider your location. Finding a suitable, safe, quiet, undisturbed place where we can talk. I will provide you with a direct dial land line telephone number for you to call at the agreed appointment time.

If we are not meeting face to face all necessary administration will be by email in the first instance.

Practice Description

I am currently reconfiguring my office space and therefore have no capacity for working face to face. I remain open to working online or by telephone.

I am an experienced counsellor and supervisor working flexibly, face to face, (soon), online and over the telephone with adults, directly or indirectly affected by the stress anxiety and uncertainty of long term health conditions and major life events.

I am based in an easily accessible location with a well appointed room dedicated to our therapeutic objectives providing the comfort and focus for you to achieve your goals.