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25th July 2017 

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of problems do you work with?

I have worked with numerous issues with children, young people and adults. With children, these range from bereavement, sibling rivalry, self-esteem, relationship issues, family issues and low confidence to name a few.

I have worked with a range of issues with adults including bereavement, anxiety, personality disorder, self-esteem, domestic abuse and relationship issues (also see Home page). Sometimes what starts out as the major problem when you start counselling or psychotherapy can change as other things come up that have been under the surface. These issues can be triggered through talking and for children, can often be through playing as well.

Are the sessions confidential?
As part of building our therapeutic relationship, trust is very important. A confidentiality agreement is discussed in the first session where all our sessions are confidential. However, there are times when I will need to break the confidentiality if I am concerned that you may harm yourself or someone else or that children may be at risk. At these times, I will speak to you about my concerns before I contact anyone else. However, if I am unable to contact you and in cases of emergency, I may need to seek further advice without your consent such as through your local GP or emergency services.

As part of working with children, there is also a confidentiality agreement. However, if a child discloses something that is impacting on their wellbeing or welfare, making them vulnerable, I have a responsibility to advice the local authority Children's Service.


What happens after I contact you about counselling?
Contact can be made via email or phone. We would have a brief conversation about what is going on for you at this time. I would discuss how I work in counselling and if I am able to help you. I would let you know what to expect for the first session which would be an opportunity for you to talk further about what is bothering you and for me to have an understanding and assessment of your situation. If you are happy to proceed, we would discuss your availability and make an appointment for an assessment session.

What happens if I am late to a session?
Your session will be 50 minutes and if you are late, the session will be kept open for you and the rest of the session will be held with you when you arrive. However, the finish time of the session will remain the same.

COUNSELLOR AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST SOUTH WEST LONDON


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