Peak Therapy

Bringing counselling to you

FAQ
Do you only provide a home counselling service? No. I also have a room that I can use for counselling sessions, located at The Helpful Bureau in Stapleford, Nottingham, although appointments are fairly limited at times due to their opening times and other professionals using the rooms.

What is counselling/psychotherapy? Psychotherapy is a broad term used to describe most talking therapies, including counselling. Counsellors/psychotherapists provide a service for those seeking support for a wide range of mental health and emotional issues.

What can counselling help me with? Counselling can help with a wide array of issues. Some examples are:

Depression Anxiety or worrying thoughts
Feelings of low self-esteem or poor self-confidence
Problems forming or maintaining relationships
Anger or frustration issues
Bereavement and loss Mild to moderate problems with addiction
Lacking motivation or sense of direction Stress Problems with food and body image
Trauma Unresolved difficulties from the past such as abuse or bullying
Issues around sexuality

You say you are a Person-Centred Counsellor. What does this mean? Person-Centred counselling is a non-directive approach which believes in the client’s potential and ability to make the right choices for him or her self, regardless of the therapist’s own values, beliefs and ideas. This ultimately means that where we go with the counselling is down to you. I’m not going to tell you what to do, how to live or what changes you should make in your life. Instead we explore together, working with the things that are important to you, helping you find and understand your own solutions, in your own way and at your own pace. I always endeavour to be open and honest with you and you can rely on the boundaries of confidentiality that I will set out at the start of our therapeutic relationship. What qualifications do you have? My qualifications are as follows:

ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts.
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Studies.
CPCAB Level Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
BACP Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) Professional Standards Authority.

In addition to the above, I also hold workshop certificates for the following areas:

Gender and Sexuality.
Domestic Violence.
Bereavement.
Aspects of South Asian Culture.
Anxiety and Depression.
Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse.

I have accumulated almost 200 hours of working with clients at Nottingham’s Reach Out Counselling (ROC) organisation, working in both home and health centre environments.
I also attend regular training days and events as part of my CPD.

Key:

CPCAB – Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.
BACP – British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
CoP – (Certificate of Proficiency) Identifies Proficient and Ethical practice within Counselling, and is affiliated with The Professional Standards Authority.
CPD – Continuing Professional Development.


How long will I need counselling for? There is no set time as such. Open-ended counselling can be any length of time, perhaps sometimes depending on a particular issue or problem that you may want to explore further. Counselling can also run over a longer term, perhaps for more deep rooted problems and difficulties which may have been affecting you for some time. (This is often referred to as psychotherapy). This may last from six months to a year and sometimes is engaged in for even longer, depending on the depth of the work needed. No matter how small you feel an issue may be, if it’s on your mind, holding you back or getting you down, then it is quite possible that counselling may help you find a way through. What will happen at the initial meeting? I offer an Initial Consultation of around 45 minutes to an hour, completely FREE of charge. This gives you the chance to meet me and see how you feel about having counselling. We will usually have a chat together, and you may want to tell me why you are seeking counselling and perhaps ask me any questions that may be of concern to you. This initial meeting can help enable you to make a decision about whether to begin counselling and will also provide an opportunity to discover if you feel comfortable working with me. Our relationship as client and counsellor is important, and what might feel right for one person, will not for another. How long are counselling sessions, and how much will it cost? I strive to offer a high-quality home visit counselling service whilst maintaining realistic fees. Therapists usually charge a standard average of £45 for a 50 minute session. My Home sessions are 50 minutes long and are generally arranged for the same time each week. the fees for sessions are:

First Consultation Session – FREE (outlined above)
Single Session – One to One: £35.00
Single Session – Student: £30.00 (Valid NUS or Counselling Student)
Single Session – Unemployed: £25.00 (Valid proof of unemployment required)
Single session – Couples: £50.00 (full hour)
Double Sessions and Other Discounts: I offer a reduction in fees in cases where someone may require an extended counselling session (Double Session). The reduction can be implemented at the FREE Initial Consultation, and we may also explore the reason why a Double Session may be more appropriate for you. Other discounts may be possible in cases of financial hardship. This again can be discussed at the FREE Initial Consultation.
  What are your practice opening times? I do not have any specified or rigid working hours. The main reason for this is that I want to offer a services that best accommodates you as an individual. I genuinely have my client’s best interest at heart, so please be assured that, where possible, I will endeavour to arrange a suitable time that is paramount to your individual needs and requirements. We can arrange this at the FREE initial consultation. I am not familiar with home counselling. What should I expect? If you have experienced counselling before, then I imagine it will be very similar to that, with the only difference being that we are working together in your home. Home counselling can have advantages for some people, especially if strange surroundings make you anxious. Rest assured, I will endeavour to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Is there anything more I need to know about home counselling? There are a few other small things. Firstly, I kindly request that all entertainment appliances and mobile devices are switched off and that we are able to sit somewhere reasonably private with no-one else in the room (unless otherwise negotiated). I also politely request that you refrain from smoking, taking drugs or drinking alcohol whilst I am at your property. Counselling sessions cannot be conducted if someone is intoxicated by alcohol or under the influence of any incapacitating substances. Some of this is perhaps stating the obvious, but I understand everyone is different and has different lifestyles. If you feel anything here, or anything not mentioned here may be an issue, we can discuss this further at the initial FREE consultation.

In addition, if you feel that there is anything that you need to enquire about or you have any concerns or questions, then please do not hesitate to contact me using the Contact Page on this website. Thank you.