Frequently Asked Questions
Sessions fees and times
£45 for a 50-60 minute session; £40 for an initial assessment. I can offer concessions for people on low income and students so please ask me when you come for a first session.
Individual sessions are held weekly or fortnightly. Once agreed, this time and day will be kept for you but I can also be flexible to accommodate shifting work patterns or other unforeseen commitments.
I work in Southfields Monday - Friday and am currently available on Tuesday mornings 10-1pm and Tuesday evening 5-7pm. 0n Saturdays I am in Sutton (10am-6pm). I also work at the Gooseberry Bush cafe on the Kingston Road, Merton Park on Wednesday evenings.
I do not hold sessions on a Sunday but am happy to take enquiries by phone, text or email.
If you would like to take the next step and explore entering a period of therapy, we can have an initial assessment of about an hour to talk about your reasons for coming, consider what sort of therapy would be appropriate and whether I will be the right therapist for you. We can also discuss the number of sessions you feel you might need or you can make a decision about this later on. All enquiries are confidential.
Does counselling work?
I am often asked this and my answer is always 'it can and it does but to what extent will depend on how we work together'. That is the reason we have a thorough initial assessment to establish your needs and whether I can help you fulfil them. Commitment and motivation are essential on both sides and I will do my best to put you at ease and help you address what is worrying you.
Following the assessment, if we decide to work together we will agree a time and day on which to meet again. Should you have holidays planned in advance, please let me know so that we can fit these into the schedule (there will be no charge for pre-planned holidays or cancellations, providing you give sufficient notice). At the second meeting, I will give you a short agreement to confirm details around confidentiality, record keeping and fees. This has no legal basis and is mainly to confirm our commitment to each other.
If you would like to arrange a first meeting or simply ask some questions, please give me a call or send a text to 07505 995028. If I am unable to answer, just leave a message giving your preferred contact number and the best time to call you back. Or you can e-mail me via the website and I will reply as soon as I can.
'Beryll made me feel normal. Her manner was relaxed and this made me feel able to express my feelings and fears and with her encouragement I was able to explore the real me. As each session progressed I became more confident in myself as a person and comfortable with who I am' S, Beddington, Surrey
'thank you so much for everything this year. Coming to see you has truly made such a positive difference in my life.' N, Wimbledon