Frequently Asked Questions
Will counselling work?
Counselling works best when you have realised that you are struggling and are ready to do the work and make some changes. Often the time in between the sessions is when you gain insight into what has happened to you and you can think about what came up in your sessions and how you feel about that. Therapy is hard work and often it will stir up painful memories and past hurts. However, sharing these feelings and gaining a clearer understanding of why they still affect you can help lessen the pain and help you to recover.
I offer person centred therapy which puts the client at the centre of the counselling and allows the time to explore complex feelings. I also use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which looks at ways to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Both types of therapy have their advantages and I find that using a combination of the two can lead to progress and change. We can also look at using Mindfulness to relieve stress and anxiety.
Should I have long term or short term counselling?
This is entirely up to you and will be something that we will discuss in the initial consultation. Sometimes 6 sessions can be very beneficial to help you through a current crisis. Long term counselling can help you explore your problems in depth and help you understand how they originated and support you during the exploration of this. How many sessions you have is directed by you and it generally becomes clear when we are drawing to an end of our work as you will be feeling better and your life will be changing. We can discuss how your therapy ends perhaps with a final review session or having sessions fortnightly so you have a safety net for a while.
How much do sessions cost?
The initial 50 minute consultation costs £15 and after that sessions cost £40 for 50 minutes. I do offer some reduced rates places for counselling depending on certain circumstances.
I charge a reduced rate of £25 per session for student counsellors wishing to attain their 40 hours of personal therapy and a £10 fee for an initial 50 minute consultation.
How long are the sessions and how often are they?
Sessions are 50 minutes long and usually weekly depending on your circumstances.
What happens if I need to cancel a session?
I ask for a minimum of 24 hours to cancel a session with no charges. I charge my normal fee for last minute cancellations. Please try to let me know as soon as you realise you will not be able to make it.
How and when do I pay?
You can pay using my card reader which accepts major credit and debit cards, contactless and swipe payments or cash or by cheque (made out to Sarah Davenport) at the end of the session when we are booking your next session.
What happens when I want to stop counselling?
Often it will become clear that you are coming to the end of your counselling as you will feel stronger and are more able to cope. We will discuss when you would like to finish and perhaps incorporate a final review to look at your progress and look at how you will build on this progress after the counselling has ended. We could also move to fortnightly sessions to provide a safety net for a while. You are free to stop your counselling at any time. If you are unhappy with your counselling then we can look at why and discuss what you would like to do.
What happens when I arrive at your building?
I will meet you at the door with a sign hanging above it "Reception" to guide you to my counselling room. I will be waiting at this door 5 minutes before the time of the session to greet you. There is a picture on the Get In Touch page showing where to go.
Is there parking?
There is free parking for up to two hours in the surrounding roads (more details on 'About Me' page). It can get busy so please allow time to find a space.