Cairngorm Counselling   Indoor and Outdoor Person-Centred Therapy   

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of counselling do you offer?

I work within the Person-Centred Approach which means I focus on your experience of yourself. I will not judge or advise. Instead, I will offer you acceptance and work to understand your experiences from your point of view.

Carl Rogers, the founder of the Person-Centred Approach, believed that humans strive to develop in whatever way they can. Rogers discovered that when he truly listened to clients, without trying to 'find solutions' for them, the clients actually found their own solutions. I will support you through this process.

The therapeutic relationship can be an opportunity for a client to feel valued, accepted and understood, which in turn, can allow the client to then value, accept and more deeply understand him or her self.

Person-Centred Therapy is not necessarily a 'quick fix' but can help to establish effective and long-lasting change.

Where do you work?

I work from several locations, in and around Inverness and the Cairngorms National Park.

When do you offer counselling?

I try to be as flexible as possible, offering both daytime and evening appointments.

Is what I say confidential?

Yes, with the exception of serious risk of harm to you or to someone else. If I felt this was the case, my intention would be to discuss this with you in the first instance.

All counsellors have a counselling supervisor - supervision is about the counsellor and the way they work. As part of my commitment to safe, effective and ethical practice I may discuss aspects of my client work with my counselling supervisor, in such a way that protects the identity, anonymity and confidentiality of my clients.  

How long and frequent are sessions?

Sessions are approximately 50 minutes and are usually on a weekly basis. However, there is flexibility around this if it does not meet your needs. The effectiveness of therapy can be increased if there is commitment to attending regularly to allow the therapeutic relationship to develop.

How many sessions will I have?

The number of sessions is determined by you. Some clients may find a few sessions are sufficient, whilst others might prefer longer term support. We will continually review our work together to ensure you are gaining the greatest possible benefit from it.

What happens in the first session?

The initial session will involve discussing why you have come to counselling and what you hope to gain from the process. We will discuss a working agreement. The session will be an opportunity to establish if we feel comfortable and able to work together. If I feel I am unable to help you or that therapy is not the most suitable type of support for you at this time, I will make every effort to refer you to the appropriate support.

What is the cost of a session?

£35 per session.

Is there a cancellation policy?

If you have to cancel or re-arrange a session, I ask you give at least 24 hours notice. Otherwise, there will be a £20 non attendance charge.

How do I make a payment?

For face to face counselling you can pay by cash or cheque at the beginning or end of each session.

For phone counselling, payment can be made in advance of the session by Paypal via my website or, if you have internet banking, via electronic transfer.


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