Is life feeling complicated? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you need to talk about your problems and feelings to someone you can trust?
Maybe you are struggling to express what is on your mind and you want someone to listen to you.
You may feel your friends would not understand what you are going through. I offer a safe space to talk to a professional counsellor in a confidential and non-judgmental environment and will help you make sense of it all.
My name is Siobhan and I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I am able to offer counselling from my private practice based in Harrogate and Otley, within easy reach of Knaresborough, Ripon, Wetherby, Ilkley, and Burley in Wharfedale.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, losing hope and you just want things to be different?
Do you want a happier and more fulfilling relationship?
Are you feeling unhappy, frustrated or stressed at your work?
Do you want to overcome self-doubt and anxiety?
Everyone can use some support every now and then – I can help you gain greater insight to empower yourself and improve your relationships and career, as well as increase your self-
Recognising you need some support is the first step – a great strength.
Our first meeting is free of charge.
This meeting enables you to ask any questions and get a feeling for what counselling involves.
It gives you a chance to tell me about why you have come to counselling, and a chance for me to assess your problems and difficulties.
In the next appointments we will explore your reasons for coming to counselling in more depth, look at what your desired outcomes for counselling are, and set the goals for counselling. We will also look at realistic plans to achieve your goals and draw these up.
Over the sessions we will explore your problem and review our progress together
The first meeting is called an initial assessment. This meeting enables you to ask any questions and get a feeling for what counselling involves. It gives you a chance to tell me about why you have come to counselling, and a chance for me to assess your problems and difficulties.
It provides an opportunity for you to decide the goals of therapy and whether you would feel comfortable working with me. At this meeting I will also gather some personal information and if we agree to work together to look at the practicalities of our work together such as fees, cancelling appointments, and the number of sessions.
However you are under no obligation to go forward with therapy as choosing your counsellor and feeling comfortable with someone is a very individual process.
Therapy lasts for 60 minutes. It is important you arrive on time for your appointment and provide plenty of time for parking.
It is important that session are weekly in the beginning until the therapeutic relationship is established. Once the therapeutic relationship is established I am happy to reduce the sessions to fortnightly if this is what you wish to do.
Most clients are weekly but reduce the frequency of their session to fortnightly towards the end of counselling and I am happy to oblige. For some people this is a way of realising they are coming to the end of the counselling process themselves.
I understand sometimes if people are late but if you could ring me or text me to let me know I would appreciate this. Please appreciate the hour for your appointment cannot be extended and the full hour will be charged.
Confidentiality will be gone through thoroughly in the initial assessment and you can ask me any questions in person. Your sessions are subject to professional confidentiality. I will not pass on your personal information or attendance at counselling with any other person, unless you ask me to do so. There are some exceptions below
Should I need to break confidentiality I will firstly discuss the situation with you, unless the situation requires me to act immediately to safeguard the physical safety of yourself or others.
The first counselling session (the initial assessment) is free but all future counselling sessions are £45. Both appointments take 60 minutes.
I ask that you pay in advance the day before if paying by bank transfer. I will provide you with the details once a first session has been arranged. There is also the option to pay by card, cash or cheque at the beginning of the session.
I offer concessions to students and to non-working individuals of pensionable age.
I accept payment by BACS, card payment, cash and cheque.
All missed appointments are charged at the full fee. Cancelled appointments less than a full 24 hours notice prior to your appointment are charged, this also includes illness.
I operate a discretionary policy for some situations but these are discussed on an individual basis.
If you need to contact me to rearrange or cancel an appointment my telephone number is on the website.
I will always give you advance notice of any holidays I will be taking. Should I cancel a session for a unforeseen reason you will not be charged for this and I will re-arrange an appointment with you as soon as possible.
If you have read this far you are you are close to taking the first steps into counselling. Schedule an appointment and I will get back to you to have a chat to see how I can help you move forward.