Making appointments

You can make your first appointment by contacting me by phone or email. If you would like a chat before your first appointment, please get in touch.

After your first session, we can decide how many further sessions you can book. I can be flexible to fit around your commitments week to week.

Please only contact me to arrange, or change session time. Any other concerns can be shared at our next meeting. 

For emergencies, please call The Samaritans on 116123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

Covid safety

OBRC operates in line with full COVID-19 guidelines.

Statement regarding face to face appointments during Covid-19 restrictions.

Directions and parking

My office is spacious and comfortable. It is located next to John Lewis Cheadle, at Thrive, 5300 Lakeside, Cheadle Business Park, SK8 3GP.

This is a quiet and discreet location Google Map.

My room is on the second floor with lift access. We are not currently using the waiting room, so please arrive at the correct time for your appointment. I will come down to meet you in reception.

Confidentiality

In line with the professional body I belong to, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I will keep everything we talk about confidential, and only share information with your consent or if you, or someone else, are at risk of harm.

If a young person is assessed as “Gillick Competent” then I will respect their privacy, even if the session is being paid for by a parent. I will share information if required to keep a young person safe, but otherwise a young person is able to access confidential counselling safe in the knowledge that their privacy is respected.

Number of sessions

The number of sessions you choose to have can be tailored to you and your needs. Some people may have 6-8 sessions, some more.

You may book your next consultation with me at the end of each session, so you will always have a choice about the journey we are taking together.

Online counselling

We can offer sessions via Zoom conference calling and have found it a useful alternative to face to face appointments. I am therefore continuing to offer this option even though my rooms are available and safe for face to face meetings. Some advantages my clients have spoken about include:

  • Time – they can use an hour for their counselling appointment, rather than an hour plus travel.
  • Cost – no petrol costs. Some have been able to Zoom during the working day which has suited them better than coming from work or having to arrange childcare. 
  • Flexibility – if you travel for work and can continue with counselling even if their location changes.
  • Ease – many clients have found it reassuring to be in their own comfortable space when they are having counselling. 

Price and payment

Each session is for an hour and costs £60. We ask for payment by BACS in advance. Payment details are on the invoice that will be emailed to you. Any session cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice will be charged at 50%.

What I love about therapy is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with.

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