Frequently Asked Questions

How does Stephen work?

I follow a Psychodynamic approach to therapy which is one of the many models that exist.  This approach focuses on the significance of our unconscious thoughts and how they influence our day to day living.  This will offer a better understanding of the person you are today based on all of your previous experiences and relationships.  As you and I get to know each other we will have the opportunity to use our own relationship to mirror something of your wider world.  This will offer a deeper understanding of yourself and the reasons that brought you to counselling in the first place.  We will of course do all this within the safe environment of the consulting room.  I will keep brief notes on our work together and you will be welcome to see these if you wish.

What will happen?

Usually we will meet at the same time every week and each session will last for 50 minutes.  We will meet in my consulting room where we will sit in comfortable armchairs facing each other (there is no requirement for you to lay on a couch).  The room is within easy reach of Barnham village centre and there is ample free parking onsite plus toilet facilities.  The work will only progress at your pace and you will be free to talk about whatever you wish during each session.  You may end your therapy at any time. There is no right or wrong length of therapy but we will both review our time together at regular intervals. I will always endeavour to let you know well in advance if I am going to be unavailable for any future session.

Will it be confidential?

Yes.  I will treat all information you disclose as confidential.  I will not pass any of your details onto anyone else without your permission. However, if in my opinion you present a serious risk either to yourself or others then I reserve the right to inform appropriate agencies. Furthermore, I can offer confidentiality only within the scope of the law.  It is my practice wherever possible to inform you beforehand should there ever be a reason for me to breach confidentiality.

Does Stephen work without support?

No.  It is a requirement of good therapeutic practice that all therapists undertake regular clinical supervision with professional colleagues.  Supervision is a proven way of ensuring the quality of counselling therapy you receive is maintained.  While your therapy is ongoing, I will share some relevant aspects of your case during my own supervision.  However, I will only ever refer to you by your first name.  Any discussions within supervision will always remain confidential, subject again to the scope of the law.

How much will it cost?

My professional fee is £50 per session.  Sessions cancelled by you will not be chargeable providing you have given at least 24 hours notice.  You are welcome to pay for each session as you attend.  Alternatively, I can provide you with a monthly invoice.  I am able to receive payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.  Please note that I reserve the right to review fees on an annual basis.

Will I be protected?

Yes.  Both you and I will sign an 'Agreement for Therapy' that will include all of the information shown above and explain exactly what you'll receive during therapy.  I will give you a copy of the agreement and I will be willing to answer any further questions you may have at any time.  I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registration No. 050626).  As such, my work is governed by the BACP Ethical Framework and Professional Conduct Procedure.  You can obtain further information by clicking www.bacp.co.uk.  In addition to holding BACP-accredited qualifications in counselling, I also engage in an ongoing programme of further professional development and my work is fully insured.

What do I do now?

To arrange your first counselling session you may contact me directly by clicking here or by asking your GP or other health professional to make a private referral on your behalf.  Please note that in the event of someone else making a referral then it is my practice to only confirm to that person that you and I are meeting.  Any details of what you discuss during your counselling therapy will remain confidential between me and you as described above.