Each session lasts 50 minutes, whether it be an introductory session, a standard session or an ending session.
Counselling fees at Virtue start at £50 per session, which can be paid by cash, cheque or bank transfer on the day of your appointment.
If however you are interested in counselling but your circumstances make it cost prohibitive then please do still get in contact as I am able to offer concessions.
Virtue operate a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel a pre-arranged appointment we ask that you give us a minimum of 24 hours notice; this allows us time to make your slot available to another individual who may wish to access support. Please note that if you cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours' notice you will still be charged the full cost of that session.
Every individual is unique, and the frequency of your appointments will be agreed between you and your counsellor. We recommend that you begin with weekly sessions, as this encourages you to focus on making positive changes before the next session. Moving to a fortnightly schedule over time may be useful if you have difficulties with endings. If your availability is limited to a specific day or time slot, block bookings are available as an option to secure your desired date and time as we cannot guarantee that the same time / day will be available each week for individual bookings. Virtue offer both evening and weekend sessions.
With everyone having different needs, this is a question that can only be accurately determined over time. Until you begin your journey with us there is no way to be sure how many sessions you may want or need. Another factor to consider is whether you are accessing counselling with the aim of focusing on one specific issue, or whether you are seeking a greater change in your lifestyle. After an initial introductory session it is generally recommended that you attend a minimum of eight sessions; this will enable you to develop an insight to the process and begin to make a positive change. There is no strict upper limit to the number of sessions on offer, although it is healthy to review your progress regularly in order to ascertain where you are on your journey.
Counselling sessions are held in a comfortable private office located above Khinda's Budgens in Maulden. Access is gained via a door at the side of the building. To ensure all our clients are afforded an uninterrupted session, please do not arrive early as this would impact upon somebody else’s therapeutic time.
Counselling is a confidential service; this means that your information will not be shared with anyone*. Your details will be held securely by us in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); more information about the GDPR can be found below.
If you are under 18 years old you must have permission from your parents or carers to access counselling however, they are not entitled to know about the things you discuss in therapy unless you or someone else is at risk of harm. If at any time you wish for information to be shared with your parents or carers, you can speak to your counsellor to decide what information you wish to share and with whom.
*Counsellors participate in ongoing personal development to enable them to offer the best possible to service to you. This is known as supervision. During supervision your counsellor may discuss an overview of your case with a senior counsellor; however your name will not be used and you will not be identified.
Please note that there are some limitations to confidentiality by law. These will be outlined to you during your introductory session.
For more information on confidentiality please refer to the BACP ethical framework.
“Having a younger counsellor made me feel like he could really understand where I am coming from and I could understand where he was coming from too, he helped me with a really big step in dealing with my anxiety.”