Please see the list below for full information on my services.
I would like to see you for counselling so what now?
Counselling is a talking therapy. Many people seek the support of a professional counsellor to talk about their problems and find ways to manage their difficulties. By attending counselling, you are given a safe and confidential platform to talk about issues surrounding your thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours.
You will be in control of how many sessions you decide to have with me and how frequently. I do advise that new clients attend sessions with me weekly for the first month, if this is financially viable. I work with clients from all walks of life. I will never judge anything you disclose in our sessions, I will simply listen and reflect on what you talk about.
When you feel that you are ready to contact me, please use the contact form on my website or call me. I will respond to you as soon as I can and will arrange a suitable time to call you for a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation. This will give us the opportunity to have an informal conversation about why you are looking for counselling support with and how best I can help you.
What professional qualifications do you hold?
I hold a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from the University of Chichester and my Level 2 & 3 awards in Counselling Skills from Southampton City College.
I also hold a Masters in Business Cultural Management from the University of Winchester.
I actively attend professional workshops and seminars for counselling professionals, to ensure that I uphold my career development for the benefit of all my clients.
MIND UK CPD - 'Mental Health in the Workplace' certificate (2017)
Mermaids UK CPD - 'Supporting Transgender Clients' certificate (2018)
MBSR CPD - 'Introduction to Mindfulness' certificate (2019)
BACP 'How to do counselling online: Coronavirus Primer' certificate (2020)
Andrew Thomas's 'The Rainbow Map' CPD certificate (2021)
'Taking Therapy Outdoors' CPD certificate (2021)
'Cross Cultural Counselling; Working with Difference' CPD certificate (2021)
How much are your sessions?
Online / Telephone Sessions
Weekday (daytime and evening) appointments - £50 / £45 (NUS /NHS)
Walk, Talk & Refresh Sessions:
Weekday (daytime and evening) appointments - £50 for 1 hour (outdoors)
Please note that all fees are due at the end of each session and can be settled either by PayPal or BACS.
What will happen during our first session?
Your first session will give you the opportunity to talk to me, as your potential counsellor. I am an integrative humanistic counsellor. I am non-directive, which means that session content is led by you. I am not here to 'fix' you. You are the expert of your own experiences and decision making. I will simply listen and reflect on what you disclose. My style of work does not include any form of physical touch between myself and my clients.
Prior to your first session, I will ask you to complete and return a ‘Client Wellbeing Questionnaire’ and a 'Client Details Form'. Then at the start of your first session, we will verbally contract with each other, which includes setting boundaries and understanding confidentiality. We will look at what areas of your life you feel you would like to explore in more depth and any outcomes you are hoping to achieve by seeing me. If we are both happy to proceed, we will schedule your next session for the following week.
Are you a qualified counsellor?
Yes, I am a qualified counsellor. I am a registered member of the BACP. This stands for the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
This means that I adhere and work to the BACP's Ethical Framework, which enables me to work both professionally and safely with my clients. For more information, please visit www.bacp.co.uk
I am also a verified counsellor through both Psychology Today and the Hampshire Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (HACP)
My private work is fully insured with Howdens Insurance Services and I hold an enhanced DBS check.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, I request a rolling deposit of one session fee in advance at the time of booking your first appointment. This is paid by PayPal or BACS transfer.
Full details on how the deposit works is stated in the 'Client & Counsellor Online Working Agreement' which I will ask you to electronically sign before our sessions commence.
What is your session cancellation policy?
I understand that it may not be possible for you to commit to a scheduled session.
If you notify me with more than 48 hours’ notice, no charge will apply.
If you notify me within 48 hours or less, of your scheduled session, then your rolling deposit will be retained to cover my business costs. A new deposit will then need to be provided upon booking your next session with me.
If you are not present for two consecutive session (face-to-face, phone or online) without contact, I will assume you are no longer able to attend and will terminate the working agreement with immediate effect. It is the client's responsibility to contact Lime Counselling to ask for their deposit to be returned, if they choose to terminate the working agreement and if it has not already been retained for a missed session.
How do you keep my data / me safe?
Full information on how I collate, store and process your personal information from our sessions together, will be outlined clearly, in the 'Client & Counsellor Working Agreement' which you will be sent prior to working with me. I am registered with the ICO and am fully GDPR compliant.
In relation to my private practice, I have stringent regulations in place to protect both my clients and myself, as a counsellor during this challenging times. I have a full 'COVID-19' risk assessment in place for my face-to-face work with clients. If you would like a copy of this document, please ask.