10th August 2022 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Assessment session?
This is the first time we meet - (a pre-counselling session) and provides a chance for us to get to know each other a little and assess whether we will be able to work together.

A number of things will be discussed such as:
What has brought you to therapy and the key issues arising from this?
Any health issues that may impact on our working together.
An exploration of my approach to counselling and a discussion of how we will work together.

How long will you need counselling?

There is no simple answer to this question. It depends on you; what you want to talk about and the depth of the issue at hand. I would usually recommend clients book weekly sessions initially for 6 weeks and then this will give us an opportunity to review our work together. If we are both happy to continue working together, we then have regular reviews of your counselling needs every 4 to 6 sessions and keep moving to your own pace and requirements.

The assessment session will be charged at 40 and there are no obligations to continue counselling at the end of this session.

How long are the counselling sessions?
Once the contract begins, the sessions are 50 minutes in duration.

Counselling Fee
I charge between 40 - 50 for individual counselling.
However, for students and the low waged, I charge a discretionary fee of 40.

Fees are expected to be paid in cash at the end of each session.

What is the Cancellation Policy?
If you have to cancel a session you will need to do so within a 48 hour period before the session or else you will have to pay the full fee as I have reserved that time for you once we have agreed to work together.

You will not be charged for any session that I need to cancel and in that unlikely event I will reschedule with you.

Alongside personal referrals & recommendation from clients, I accept counselling referrals from GP practices, law firms & employers, other psychotherapists & counsellors, as well as other professionals.

Counselling & Psychotherapy Unsuitability

The counselling service I offer is not suitable for:

  • Couples
  • People with severe mental health problems
  • People who self harm or are suicidal
  • Individuals who are unwilling to address their acute alcohol or drug problem
  • People with eating disorders

    British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
    I am also registered on BACP's website: click here www.bacp.co.uk and with the British Association for Counselling.
    Contact details for counselling and supervision enquiries:


    Email: marcia_atkinson2000@yahoo.co.uk