FAQ about Counselling

  • What is counselling and how can it help?
    Counselling is unique in that it is a place where you can come and talk about you, matters that are causing you emotional distress, or leaving you feeling overwhelmed, without anyone else being the focus.

    It is a safe space in which I  professionally  provide you with emotional support, whilst helping you to identify your problems, as well as enabling you to move forward productively with your life.

    Whilst talking through your concerns you will also be learning and developing new coping skills, that you can take forward in your life.

    Having counselling is good for your  mental health and wellbeing. Just because wounds/scars/emotions are not visible, it does not mean that they are not there, affecting your day to day life.  We always ensure our car is in good working order, why not do the same for your mental wellbeing.
  • How long is a session?
    Counselling Sessions last around 50 minutes for individuals.

    Supervision session last around 90 minutes for a supervisee.
  • How long will Counselling last?
    There is no set length of time for you to be in counselling. I offer both short and long term counselling. Depending on what it is you want to work with and to what extent, will be a factor in how long your Counselling will last.  Please remember each one of us is unique and our needs are different.

    Counselling can be from 6 weeks to a year or more.

    I encourage new clients to come for at least six sessions before we review and discuss whether you wish to continue
  • Do I need a referral to come and see you?
    No, please do not hesitate to make contact with me immediately.  Once you have contacted me directly,  we can make arrangements to meet and discuss what you feel you need.
  • When and where would we meet?
    Sessions last for 50 minutes and usually take place weekly.

    Sessions take place in therapy rooms in either South Lakes or North Lancashire, depending on where you live. Both rooms are central and have on-site parking.
  • How much do you charge?
    I offer face to face Counselling and Supervision.

    My first half hour consultation meeting with you will be half price; if you decide that you wish to continue for the full session then the fee will be in full, as per a 50 min or 90 min session.

    Counselling £45.00 per 50 min session

    Supervision £60.00 per 90 min session

    Payment is respectfully requested at the end of each session, either by Cash or Card.

    Receipts are provided for all payments.
  • What can I expect at my first session?
    This will be an opportunity for both of us to get a sense of each other. If we both feel it is appropriate for us to work together, then we will need to undertake some basic paperwork, such as gathering basic information of what brings you to counselling, going through a contract enabling us to work together, as well as addressing GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) matters.  We would also agree a time and date for us to  meet again.
  • What about confidentiality?
    I will respect your confidences and protect them from disclosure to others unless authorised by yourself or by law.
    Exceptions to confidentiality are:

    • If I think you may be in danger of hurting yourself or others, of if you disclose criminal activities then I will contact your GP, the Police or an Ambulance 
    • If I am ordered by the Court 
    • If there is a child at risk
    • Information relating to the Terrorism Act (2000)
    • I may discuss my work with my counselling supervisor. Should I discuss your case, in order to safeguard confidentiality and protect your anonymity, I will not disclose your name or any possible identifiable details.
  • Do you have a cancellation policy?
    If you are unable to attend a session and give less than 24 hrs notice, you will  be required to pay for the missed session.

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Anne Roiphe

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