Frequently Asked Questions
I am happy to answer any queries. Please give me a call or if you prefer send an email. When I am unavailable to answer the telephone, I have a confidential voicemail facility and will return a message promptly.
What happens in the first session?
The first session is an Initial Assessment, an opportunity to present your issues and explore your history. We would check out if counselling/psychotherapy is a suitable intervention for your particular requirements and decide if we are able to work together, within an agreed number of subsequent sessions.
What is the frequency of sessions?
Usually on a weekly or fortnightly basis, at the same time and day. I do however have flexibility within my diary to accommodate the needs of shift workers and other clients who struggle to attend on a regular basis. Each session lasts 50 minutes for individuals and EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) sessions can be extended to 90 minutes.
When are appointment times?
I work during the day time Monday to Friday and into the evening a couple of times a week.
What is the cost?
The session fee is £55 for individuals, payable by either cash or by cheque, at the end of the session. Settlement can also be made by bank transfer and the facility of invoicing at the month end, can be arranged. A 90-minute EMDR session is £80. Clinical and Academic supervision fees are £60 an hour.
Where is the practice located?
The West Street Counselling Centre is a quiet, private practice, situated in the main retail and business area of West Street, Fareham a 10 minute walk from Fareham train station and 5 minute walk from Fareham Bus station. Free on street parking is available in nearby Western Road, for two hours and the nearest pay & display car park is in Malthouse Lane, a couple of minutes walk from the practice.
Central Fareham can be accessed from junction 11 of the M27 motorway.
Staying COVID-19 Safe in 2021, What measures have been taken?
A full five step Government recommended risk assessment has been carried out and changes made to practice. Measures taken include: hands sanitised on entering and exiting the building, clients are asked to arrive/depart promptly to avoid contact with others and the waiting room closed, face coverings can be worn, seating is positioned at 2 meters apart, handwashing and touch surface cleaning are carried out between each appointment.
For clients who prefer not to visit in person during the pandemic, sessions can be held remotely via video calling applications (such as Skype or Zoom) or by telephone.