FAQs

Where does counselling take place? Counselling takes place on the ground floor in a private rented room in Stafford town centre. I will make every effort to ensure there will be minimal disturbance to our sessions, however, on occasions, other users or staff may frequent the premises and extraneous noise may not be eliminated.

Room 1, Trinity Church
Mount Street
Stafford
ST16 2BZ

This is opposite Wilko, please use the door nearest Sainsburys.

I also have a limited availability to make home visits, for those who may be unable to access this setting. Please ask.

What facilities are there? There are toilets, a small waiting area, and the Trinity Tea Room is open 9:30 – 12:30, Monday – Friday (excluding Wednesday). There is disabled access (and toilet) from the door closest to the market (we may need to book sessions around other users to access the counselling room).

– When are you available? I am currently available to offer sessions:

  • Monday evening home visits
  • Tuesday evening home visits
  • Wednesday 09:30 – 19:30
  • Thursday 09:30 – 14:30

How much do you charge? A normal session, lasting between 50 and 60 minutes, costs £30. An 80 to 90 minute session costs £45. Those with financial difficulties, please speak to me about your situation.

– How can I pay? Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or bank transfer, and is required in advance or on the day of the appointment (unless an invoice arrangement to a third party is in place).

How long does counselling take? I offer both long and short-term counselling. In our first session together we can discuss this. It is likely to depend upon your goals for counselling, the issues you bring and financial implications. I often suggest planning for 6 sessions and then reviewing, but this can be renegotiated at any point within our work together.

– How often do we meet? Generally, I see clients on a weekly basis, sometimes fortnightly, occasionally monthly. It depends upon what you feel you need, and where we are in the counselling process. Occasionally a longer break than usual may be necessary to allow for continuing professional development (CPD), holidays, or, of course, sickness.

– How do I make an appointment? You can call, text, or email me to arrange a preliminary appointment. If we agree to work together, 2 further appointments will be made during each session.

What if I can’t make an appointment? Please try to give at least 48 hours’ notice of the need to cancel an appointment or you may be charged the agreed fee. Due consideration will be given to genuine crises or sickness that occurs at short notice.

What qualifications and experience do you have? Dip. (HE) Counselling Cert. Advanced Safeguarding Children (Level 2) Cert. Working with Children, Young People, Adolescents and Families Cert. Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma Dip. Intercultural Studies (NZ)

I have an Enhanced DBS and am experienced in charity, NHS staff, and private settings.