Q. How can counselling help me?

Often we can become stuck in our emotions by blocking them, or reacting against them with other emotions. Or we feel overwhelmed by them that we miss the important messages they try to deliver. Counselling can help provide a safe space for you to open up in a more free way you might not be able to with friend, or family, to begin unpacking and unravelling the different life experiences that leave you feeling distressed

Q. Why do you talk so much about having a safe space to talk?

One of the most well-studied factors for good outcomes in counselling and psychotherapy is the therapeutic relationship. Study after study highlights it as being a fundamental factor in making your counselling experience a beneficial one. With a strong therapeutic relationship, you will feel safe enough to bring your more painful, disturbing or even shameful experiences to therapy, where you can begin to explore your unique experience of those events.

Q. Why are emotions so important in therapy?

Emotions are a valuable resource which helped our ancestors to survive the perils of a chaotic and unsafe world. They have information which points to what is important to us in our lives or in any given situation, and what our needs are. Not only that, but they help motivate us towards fulfilling those needs. They’re a wonderful experience which help shape our identity and give us a sense of wholeness and continuity

It is all too common for us to get stuck in our emotions left over from something in the past, or use more “acceptable” ones to cover the most helpful ones. I’ll help you pay closer attention to your emotions as they’re experienced in session. This includes looking closely at how they are felt in the body, using a focusing-orientated approach, in reach the important messages our emotions try to share with us: Such as what is important for us right now; what we need, or what action to take;

Q. Why do you have a flat fee for missed sessions?

Most counsellors will charge the full fee if a session is cancelled in less than 24 hours, or no notice is given at all. I understand that sometimes life throws us curve balls, and hope to reduce the financial burden associated with them. I feel that a flat percentage fee is suitable, to help to cover the costs I incur running a private practice, without putting too much of a strain on your savings

Q. What can you tell me about the “sliding scale” payment system?

The idea behind this is to ensure everyone has fair access to bettering their own mental-wellbeing through counselling. I understand the costs can be awfully high for a lot of people, and may even be one of the biggest barriers to accessing counselling services. So I have adopted this system which allows clients to pay whatever they feel is affordable for them, with room for further negotiating as our circumstances change.

Q. Do I need to proof how much I earn?

With me, no. I am providing this through the “honour” system, where I trust in you to be honest and open about your situation and what feels reasonably affordable to you

Q. Are there any Students; NHS Workers; Concessionary discounts available?

In lieu of discounts, I offer the sliding scale option so we can find a price that works for you without breaking the bank. That being said, I have also decided to offer a 10% or 20% for those that feel comfortable booking multiple sessions in advanced. Check out the details here

Q,Where are you based?

Currently I am based in Nottingham City. But can work with those further afield using telephone or video chat platforms such as Zoom.


Q. I’m concerned about doing sessions online. It feels a little off-putting to me.

You and me both! At least, this is how I felt initially. In my experience though, the work we do together can be just as successful even if we’re not face to face. I’ll write a blog soon on some of the research around this, as well as my own experiences working online.

Q. What happens if we have the initial consultation but I’m not sure about going forward?

It’s great that you can recognise that early on! Therapy will go a lot more smoothly if you feel a strong connection with your therapist. Check out some of my colleagues, and take the time to “shop” around until you find the right match for you.

Q. Okay, I think that answers most of my questions, but I have a few more. How can I contact you?

Here are my contact details! Feel free to email with any additional questions, or go right ahead and request an initial consultation. Be sure to let me know when the best time to call you would be.