How do I book an initial appointment?
This is done very easily. This can be done by telephone, text or by email and I can offer flexible appointment times, normally within a maximum of 7 days. Finding a time and day that fits for both of us is rarely a problem. Click here to view my contact details.
If you’d like to call, I will happily answer any questions you may have or you can ask about availability and book there and then or call back later once you’ve considered your options. If I do not answer, please leave a message and I will respond.
Similarly, if you text or email, please ask any questions or let me know if you’d like to book a session. I will respond to provide the information you’ve requested or will let you know when the next available appointments are. Once we’ve agreed a time, I will send you confirmation with address details and directions.
I’m very aware that it takes courage to decide that you can benefit from support, let alone making an initial appointment and I try to do as much as I can to make this an easy process for you.
Where are you based?
I have therapy rooms in Great Barr, Birmingham and in Sutton Coldfield. The addresses are –
- Therapy point, 37 Newton Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, B43 6AD – This is very close to the Scott Arms crossroads, easily accessible from Birmingham, West Bromwich and Walsall and you can park on the front drive. Click here to go to Google Maps.
- Westwood Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6UH – This close Banners Gate and there’s ample parking – Click here to go to Google Maps.
Areas covered – Great Barr, Perry Barr, Central Birmingham, Erdington, Walmley, Kingstanding, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, New Oscott, Streetly, Boldmere, Aston, Edgbaston – generally most of Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
What is your availability?
I am at Therapy Point, Newton Road, Great Barr, B43 6AD on Mondays during the day and evening and on Fridays during office hours. I am in at Westwood Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6UH on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during office hours.
What are the fees?
The fee for online counselling (using Skype or Zoom) and for telephone counselling is £55.00 per session.
How long does each session last?
Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
What will happen during the first session?
After our initial hello’s, we would talk about confidentiality and then I normally take down some essential information. We would discuss what brings you to seek help and support and what you would like to achieve or what you’d like the outcomes to be. This forms the beginnings of therapy and please click here for an article about what to expect in the first session.
Are there parking facilities?
Yes, there is ease of parking at both locations. In Great Barr you can park on the front drive or in a carpark 20 metres away and in Sutton Coldfield, there is ample on the road parking.
Are the sessions confidential?
All sessions are confidential except where material is disclosed that indicates you are at the immediate risk of harming yourself or others or if you disclose current harm to a child. All information recorded is stored securely in line with the GDPR protocols.
Do you work to an organisational code of ethics?
Yes, I am an Accreditted member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. This can be viewed at http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/. I belive that having a thorough code of ethics to work by is very important for both therapists and clients.
Can I book and appointment for somebody else?
Unfortunately, you cannot book for somebody else as it’s an essential part of the process that they make their own appointments. I’m happy, however, to provide information and answer any questions for friends and family seeking to find support for someone else.
What is Therapy?
Please click the following link – What is Therapy?
Will I be judged and analysed?
Hopefully you will feel that you are not. I work in a very non-judgemental manner and seek to allow you to gain your own understanding of your world as only you truly know how you feel. I facilitate your self learning, awareness, assessment of options and if required, your changes. Your therapy sessions are for you, therefore, if you are feeling uncomfortable, have any questions or are not happy in anyway then I aim to create the right atmosphere to allow you to talk about these concerns. At anytime, you are free to stop our sessions without any comebacks.