Having worked with clients from a wide range of backgrounds and of all ages in a varitety of settings, I have the fullest commitment to offering a counselling service which is welcoming to all clients in a supportive and non-discriminatory way.
Confidentiality and Ethics
I conduct my counselling practice within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, and also the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions Supplementary Guidance: Working Online (GPiA 047). Information relating to both of these documents can be found at www.bacp.co.uk. I also adhere to ACTO's Code of Ethics. I am also a member of EMDR UK.
You may be looking for advice. It is rare for me to offer advice, even if asked for it. I believe that only you can choose the direction you want to go in, and that is why your own decision making is essential. The best advice you can follow is your own, and I shall do my best to help you to work things out for yourself.
Duration and Reviews
I would always aim to offer counselling for a duration that suits my clients. I believe it is important to regularly review the work together and we will incorporate this into the work as it progresses. It can be difficult to know how many sessions are needed or wanted, but this is something we can discuss during our first meeting and in our reviews. After an initial consultation we may agree a set number of sessions followed by a review. Alternatively, a more open ended arrangement with regular reviews might be more suitable. We will agree to work weekly, or sometimes, bi-monthly. Therapy needs to be regular and consistent for it to work. This is why I do offer ad-hoc therapy because it stops the momentum, and hinders the ability to work through issues.