FAQ’s

Where are you located?

I’m based on the south side of St Albans in a quiet residential area. I’m a 5 minute drive from the M25, M1 and A414 (formerly M10).

What areas do you service?

My face to face counselling covers St Albans, Radlett, Watford, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead and surrounding areas (or as far as you are willing to travel from).

My online and telephone counselling covers all of the UK.

Do you offer online counselling outside of the UK?

No, for the simple reason that I’m governed by UK law and abide by the ethical guidance as set out by UK governing bodies.

How much do you charge per session?

It depends whether you want a one-off session or a weekly one. The price is currently set at £60 for a weekly 50min session. A one-off session of 90 mins will cost £90.

Face to face appointments can be paid either in cash, on a card reader or by bank transfer.

All online and telephone sessions must be paid for in advance via bank transfer.

Do you do concessions?

Yes. Concessions can be made for students, trainee counsellors, those on low income and key workers.

You say your core approach is in Person-Centred. What does that mean?

Being Person-Centred means that I believe that everyone has the potential for growth and that each person possesses innate abilities to be the best versions of themselves. Alongside this is my core understanding that the best therapeutic outcome comes from having a relationship that is based on equality, respect and authenticity. You are the expert in your life and know what is best for you and so the sessions will be led by you. We explore what you bring to the session so that your self-awareness and autonomy can grow.

How often do I need to come?

Generally speaking, weekly counselling sessions are preferable because it can take a while to get to know one another and having shorter periods between sessions helps to establish, foster and maintain the trust of relationship between therapist and client.

It’s preferable to have a minimum of 6 week block booking as it normally takes this many sessions to lay down the ground work, really get into the process of therapy and can often be a good indicator of how things are going. Weekly sessions can also help move along the progress of what you are needing help with and there is less catching up to do between sessions.

However, each person’s journey and process is different and for this reason I am open to having a discussion to a more flexible approach, so this might mean having fortnightly sessions or a monthly ‘check in’. It really depends on what your needs are at the time and whether you need short or long term therapy- both are valid. It’s important that we regularly discuss and review the therapy so as to accommodate your needs and arrange the length of therapy as is required.

Due to the current climate I’m also able to offer one-off sessions at £90 for 90 minutes.

The choice to end therapy is entirely yours.

I don’t wish to have notes taken. Can I refuse?

Yes of course, you have every right to refuse. You have the right to have a copy of any information I hold about you but this must be requested in writing.

Are the sessions confidential?

Yes. I take confidentiality and your privacy very seriously. However, there are exceptions to confidentiality, an explanation which can be found on my GDPR statement. Please click here for further information.

How do I arrange a session?

You can either email me at alma@salixcounselling.com  call me on my private and confidential number on 07305 796 089 or use the contact page. I’ll then get in touch for an initial consultation and if you feel I’m the right person for you, at this time, we can arrange sessions.

What happens at the initial consultation?

This 15 minute conversation gives us both a chance to ask questions and gather some information. It’s also an opportunity to see if I’m the right counsellor for you at this point in time.

Do you provide supervision?

I am currently in training to become a Clinical Supervisor drawing on Hawkins and Shohet’s seven-eyed process model and Inskipp and Proctor’s normative, formative and restorative supervisory model.

I’m happy to take on counsellors looking for a Supervisor at a low cost fee while I gain my qualification. Please do enquire if this is something you would be interested in.