Person Centred Counselling

This page aims to answer the main questions you may have - about where and when I work, how much sessions cost and my professional responsibilities to you. At the end, there's a section that answers other questions I'm often asked by people considering counselling, especially for the first time.

Cost

If I haven't worked with you before, the discounted rate for the first appointment is £30. All other sessions are £45 for face-to-face sessions and £35 for Skype. All sessions are for an hour. Face-to-face sessions are payable by cash on the day, and Skype by advance bank transfer. Please note that the full cost is payable for any session not attended or cancelled within 24 hours of the appointment time.

Work Locations

I work in Edinburgh (just off Easter Road) and in Musselburgh (near Fisherrow Harbour). Please see the contact page for more details. When you contact me with an enquiry, please tell me what location you want and what your availability (days and times) for appointments is. If you want to work together by Skype, please let me know what your day & time availability is for that.

Working Hours

Edinburgh: Tuesdays (till 8:30 p.m.),Wednesdays (till 6:45 p.m.), Thursdays (noon to 4.30 p.m.)

Musselburgh: Thursday evenings (5.45 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.) and Saturdays (10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m)

Skype: By agreement

Ethical Practice

If we work together it's important we have a basis for that work, that you know what ethical care you can expect from me, and that you can be confident about how I protect your personal data. The documents and links below cover these areas:

  1. Working arrangements (including confidentiality)
  2. My commitment to you as a client (part of the Ethical Framework of thr British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
  3. Data protection policy (how I keep your data safe).

Other Questions You May Have

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Does coming for counselling mean I can't cope?

No. We all have our limits and need help sometimes. Just because it would help to talk just now doesn’t mean you're not coping or that you can’t cope again. Maybe you just need some space to work a few things out.


I'm nervous about counselling. Is that normal?

Yes. Deciding to come to counselling is a brave decision. It’s not easy to speak to a stranger about personal things and what really matters to you. Attending your first session can be particularly nerve-wracking, when you don't know what to expect. And if you haven't had counselling before, that's especially true. It's normal to feel apprehensive at a first meeting. And even after that, because what you're coming to talk about matters and brings emotion.


Is counselling where you tell me what to do?

Absolutely not. You’re the expert on your life and know what’s important, how things connect and what’s possible and what’s not. Person-centred counselling is about helping you find your own answers – that way, you make your own discoveries, find your own power and feeling better doesn’t depend on someone else.


How do I know if counselling will work?

Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. That depends on a whole range of things – like whether this form of counselling is right for you; whether I'm the right 'fit' for you and we feel we can work together; how ready and willing you are to look at what the issues are for you; how often we can meet to give you the best chance to explore what you need. If counselling doesn’t seem to be helping, we can talk about why that may be … or you can just decide it’s not the right time for you or I’m not the right person to be your counsellor.


How do I know if I can speak to you?

You'll only know that if we meet. I offer new clients a reduced rate for their first session because part of that meeting is not just about the issues you might want to talk about but finding out what I'm like and how I work.


How often will I need to attend?

There is no set number of sessions. How many you have depends on several things – when you are available, what you can afford and how often you feel you need to come. My own view is that weekly sessions, at least to start with, help establish trust and momentum. We can review how often you attend, and whether counselling is being helpful, as we go.


How long will I need to come for?

Again, there is no set length of time. Some people need only a few sessions, others want many more. You can stop at any time, and you can take a break from sessions and come back for more. There really is no set pattern – it’s down to your individual needs and circumstances, and whether counselling is working for you.


What does your professional accreditation mean?

As counsellors, we must be a member of a professional body (in my case, the BACP).  We register by paying an annual subscription each year.  We can only be a member if we're professionally trained and qualified, have regular supervision and comply with the BACP's ethical standards.  So, when you see “MBACP”, it means the counsellor is a (registered) Member of the BACP. 

We gain accreditation (MBACP Accred) and senior accreditation (MBACP Snr Accred) through assessments by the BACP.  The accreditation assessment requires a minimum of three years' experience.  We must also demonstrate a high level of skills, knowledge, experience, and a commitment to ongoing learning, application of that learning and ethical practice.  The senior accreditation assessment requires a further three years' experience, and for us to demonstrate how we've developed in all of the areas required for accreditation.

I was awarded accreditation status in August 2015 and the higher level of senior accreditation in December 2018.

The "accredited register"" part of my BACP logo denotes that the BACP has itself been assessed and accredited in health and social care by the Professional Standards Authority. 

What's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

The terms “counsellor” and “psychotherapist” are often used interchangeably. I tend to use “counsellor” because it’s shorter and more familiar to clients. But my postgraduate qualification was - and my ongoing training is - in both counselling and psychotherapy.

The terms can mean something different too. Counselling usually refers to short-term therapy while psychotherapy is a longer-term approach. Brief therapy tends to have a set number of sessions (like the six typically offered by Employee Assistance Programmes) or to be clearly focused on a specific issue. Psychotherapy tends to deal with issues that may have built up over a long period of time or be rooted in experiences in childhood. These tend to need more time to explore and work through. Some of my clients also want to work on an ongoing basis as an investment in their wellbeing or because their “operating system” needs a regular outlet.

I work with people across the counselling and psychotherapy spectrum. As humans, we have different needs and solutions, and the way I work with people reflects that. So, I’d say I’m a counsellor and a psychotherapist.

Contact: 07814 847059 | counselling@sallypendreigh.com