‘When we are no longer able to change
a situation – we are challenged to
Viktor E. Frankl
Fees and other practicalities
Here is some information about appointments with Chester Counselling Service.
A counselling session lasts for 50 minutes. Weekly therapy is the norm for most clients but by no means for all.
I charge individual therapy sessions at £45 and a 1hr 15 minute couples session at £60. The fee is payable at the end of each session by cash, cheque or BACS. I have a limited number of places available at the reduced fee of £35. An initial 40 minute consultation session costs £20; this will be used for us to discover whether I am the right therapist for you.
If you miss an agreed session half the fee would still be payable unless you give me at least 24 hours notice.
I have slots available Monday - Saturday between 9.30am and 2.15pm, and again between 6.30pm and 9.15pm.
Off-road parking is available at my home on Ermine Road. There is also ample parking on the surrounding streets. Ermine Road is about a 10 minute walk from Chester Railway Station.
I invite interest from individuals and couples.
Meeting with your therapist for the first time can be a rather daunting experience. I will do everything I can do make our first encounter as relaxed as possible. We will meet in a garden office, separate from the main house and accessed by a side gate. It offers a discreet and safe place in which to meet.
Covid-19 Safety Measures
I am currently seeing clients for face-to-face sessions with Covid-19 safety measures in place: 2-3 metre social distancing at all times, door handles cleaned after every client, hand sanitiser and tissues available throughout the session, provision of a constant flow of outside air near to the client seating area, with no loss of confidentiality. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Walk and Talk Therapy
Over recent years walk and talk therapy has become increasingly popular. There is much that makes this type of therapy different from classic seated, indoor, stationary counselling – not least the sheer physicality of walking itself and the always-changing stimulus of being outside in the elements.
The following five walks around Chester seek to develop walk and talk therapy by using the history, geography, and built environment of Chester itself as a stimulus and theme-provider, running alongside the immediate concerns of the client. Essentially this is brief therapy, but reframed, so be prepared for a short, focused therapy experience that will benefit both your physical and mental health.
The themed walks:
Chester Walls – on defences and self-protection, vantage points, perspective
Chester Hospital/Countess of Chester Park – on illness, sickness, recovery, vulnerability
River Path Walk/Meadows – on change, movement, stuckness and stagnation, time
Chester Cathedral/Roman Gardens/University of Chester – on spiritual and ethical beliefs, how we learn and grow through life, personal values, truth and error
Overleigh Cemetery/ Duke’s Drive – on seasons and cycles, death and rebirth, the power of nature
For whatever reason, attending counselling sessions at my office in central Chester may prove difficult if not impossible for you - and online counselling may not be right for you either. To overcome these barriers to accessing support, I offer home visits.
The fee remains the same as standard on-site sessions if you are live within three miles of my office; if you live further afield there will be an additional travel charge to consider.
Therapy is generally aided by taking place in an environment of quiet and calm. To this end you will agree, as far as is possible, to provide a safe and undisturbed space in your home for the duration of the session. Prior to the first visit we will come up with some basic ‘ground rules’ to make home visits a positive experience for both of us.
Please contact me for more information.