Frequently Asked Questions Counselling & Coaching
"Can you cure me?" Often clients are expecting me to cure them. This is an unrealistic expection and the curing is not down to the therapist/Coach but more about you discovering your own resources that may lie hidden within. Sometimes it is about revisiting past hurts, understanding and accepting and then finding positive ways to manage these feelings or behaviours.
"How long will it take?" A counselling session lasts for 50 minutes and the amount of sessions will then depend on your expectations and your individual response to therapy. Many people come with an issue at a particularly bad time in their life when they cannot cope. It is recommended as good practice to attend a minimum of 6 sessions initially and for some people this will be enough. A committment of 6 sessions is usually agreed in a signed contract by us both after the initial assessment.
"Are you the right person to help me?" You will only know this by speaking to me initially and then coming for an initial consultation which will be paid for. Sometimes if the therapist reminds you of someone you had issues with, it can feel uncomfortable, so it is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist so that it does not get in the way of what you hope to achieve since much of what you will discuss may be very personal.
"Will you tell anyone else what we have talked about?"
No. What we discuss is confidential. However there are exceptions to this rule which includes if there is an element of human risk. So if you tell me you are planning to take your life or to take someone else's life or if a child's well-being is in danger from what you have disclosed I am obliged by statutory law and under the BACP ethical framework to pass this information on to another person. Also I can (if you wish me to and give your consent) speak to another person (e.g. your GP) if this would be considered helpful to your situation since sometimes clients are taking or considering taking anti-depressants and they want their GP to be aware that they are getting some counselling support in addition to this.
In order to ensure that I am working ethically and taking best care of my clients I need to pay for and attend professional supervision where client issues are discussed but identities disguised to maintain confidentiality. My Supervisor also adheres to the BACP ethical framework and will not disclose information regarding my clients outside of the supervisory session. A counsellor who does not attend supervision is not working professionally with in the BACP guidelines.
"How much will it cost?"
Individual counselling is £60 per session.(Concessionary price of £55-50 for under 25s/OAPs/unemployed) I charge less for daytime appointments 1-4pm is £55. *Please ask about concessions when you call or email me - (don't be afraid to ask).
Couples counselling is £75 per session - this is at any time.
Counselling Supervision is £60 per hour - concessions given for 12-4pm appts/students in training.
Life Coaching is £60 per session .
Saturday appointments have a £10 additional surcharge added to the stated price. Please note I do not work on Sundays. Many thanks :)
"I contacted Mary Anne shortly after the birth of my first child because I was suffering from severe anxiety and a fear of developing post natal depression. After an exciting pregnancy and a much wanted baby, I found I was feeling extremely low in myself and was no longer enjoying the things I normally enjoyed due to an overwhelming sense of fear at the challenge ahead. At my first session I felt Mary-Anne really listened to me and helped to reassure me that she could help me work through the problems I was having and that I would get through them. After a mix of face to face and telephone sessions I found I was feeling hugely better and ready for the new life ahead of me with my baby. She offered a mix of counselling, coaching, CBT and provided practical information as to how to guide myself through it which was invaluable because it enabled me to sleep better, relax and feel stronger. As well as a hugely calming approach you can tell she has empathy too and I really felt she was trying to help me rather than just counsel me for the session. I wouldn't hesitate to go back to her at other challenging times in my life and would highly recommend her to anyone going through a difficult time."