Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you see clients?
My practice is in Oxford, approximately two miles from the city centre, just off the ring-road or within easy reach of the U1 or 4A bus route. Parking is available. Please let me know if you have any mobility difficulties as I will arrange a ground floor room for us to talk.
The Raleigh Park Clinic
45 Raleigh Park Road
Counselling or psychotherapy. What is the difference?
A simple explanation would be that counselling helps you to talk about things that are causing you distress or worry. Psychotherapy takes a deeper approach, enabling you to explore where some of your distress may originate from or understand how experiences may influence your beliefs or behaviours.
How do I make an appointment?
You can contact me by email. I will get back to you as soon as possible..
How long do the sessions last and what happens?
Appointments last 50 minutes. Our first session will provide an opportunity to outline how you hope counselling will help, the problems or issues you are experiencing. We can then talk about how we might work together. It is important that you feel comfortable with my style of counselling and that I am able to offer the help you are looking for. After this first appointment there is no obligation to return. I routinely ask people to take a day or so to decide if they want to book further sessions. You are welcome to come alone or with a partner or friend. If the focus for counselling is a couple relationship it is helpful if you both meet me at the first appointment although if you decide to continue with counselling I routinely invite each of you to meet and talk with me on your own, at least once. I appreciate it can be difficult to talk to a stranger at first and I will try to put you at ease. Any questions you may have can be answered on the phone or by email before your first appointment. Once we start working together I offer appointment flexibility. You are not tied to a fixed day or time, I understand childcare, work or finances can restrict appointments. Please let me know if you have particular difficulties.
What is the BACP and why is Accreditation important?
The BACP is the leading professional body for the counselling professions in the UK. To be a Registered member requires therapists to have completed a recognised training course, to maintain their professional development and to engage in confidential clinical supervision where they discuss (without disclosing client details) themes or dilemmas with their supervisor to ensure their work with clients is ethical, safe and appropriate. Registered members of the BACP adhere to the Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions. Accreditation of members is a further recognition of their professional standards and experience. Therapists cannot apply for accreditation until they have completed several hundreds of hours of working with clients. Applicants are required to submit a detailed professional portfolio to the Accreditation Panel where it is rigorously scrutinised to ensure the highest standards are met. I am pleased to hold Accreditation as I believe it reflects my professional approach to my work as a counsellor and psychotherapist.
How much do you charge?
Charges are £60 per session.
Initial payment by cash or cheque please, but ongoing appointments can be paid by bank transfer. Please ask for my details.