A counselling session lasts fifty minutes and cost £48 for adults and £42 for those under eighteen. After an initial session there is no commitment to continue if you think counselling may not be right for you. Fees are usually paid at the beginning of each session by cash or cheque. We also accept bank transfer by arrangement.
When telephoning you could be connected to the answer machine as our counsellors may be with clients. If you choose to leave your name and a telephone number where you can be reached, please be assured we will return your call within twenty-four hours. Sometimes there can be interference on the line so please speak clearly and repeat your telephone number twice. If you prefer not to leave a message, we can also be contacted via our Facebook page or by completing our contact form
If you decide counselling is right for you, we aim to see you within two weeks of your initial contact subject to availability.
There is no definitive answer but you will work together with your counsellor or therapist to determine what feels right for you.
Initially, you may find the sessions bring to the surface some painful and uncomfortable feelings but your counsellor or therapist will support you through your journey. Although everyone has a different experience, health service research indicates over 88% of clients rated counselling as very helpful.
All our team are as individual as the clients they see; some not only use talking therapies but can also work creatively using sand trays, objects or art materials. Others draw on mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). You can be assured your counsellor or therapist will support you in making a choice which is right for you. Please let your counsellor or therapist know if you have a particular idea about how you would like to work.
A counsellor offers you an understanding as you explore your thoughts, feelings and emotions. A counsellor helps you to discover your own answers so you can become clearer about the best way to move forward and create positive change. A counsellor is alongside you in your journey and supports you in the choices you make and helps you strengthen your ability to find solutions to your difficulties.
A therapist helps you explore how your past may be impacting on your present and will support you in developing greater understanding about recurrent feelings, behaviours and ways of thinking. A therapist will help you to explore your often unconscious protective strategies which may be hindering you. A therapist will help you resolve experiences from your past and support you in laying a foundation for a positive future.
Once you start working with a counsellor or therapist, you will have their telephone number so we would ask you please contact them directly if you need to cancel a session. Wherever possible, please give them twenty-four hours notice. Entering into counselling is a commitment and to get the best from the sessions we recommend you attend on a regular basis.
Your sessions are confidential except in circumstances where your counsellor or therapist thinks you are a danger or risk to yourself or you pose a threat to the safety of others. In some circumstances your counsellor or therapist may be ordered by a Court to divulge information about you or in the event Child Protection procedures are breached. Counsellors and therapists have a duty to report information that assists in the detection or prevention of terrorism. To continue to work in your best interests, it may be necessary for your counsellor or therapist to discuss you with other professionals such as your G.P. and in these circumstances your consent will be sought.
Following each session, your counsellor is required to make brief notes to comply with their professional body, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Notes will be kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. For further information on this please visit Ethical Framework
Your counsellor will always be willing to answer any questions appertaining to this topic.
If you think Purity In Talk Counselling is not right for you we recommended you seek support from a qualified counsellor or therapist. All who practice within our agency are trained to high academic standards including BA (Hons), Degree Level Diploma, Foundation Degree Science and Post Graduate Certificate. They are also members of their respective professional body, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
You may be confident that full insurance is held and all practitioners hold the relevant Disclosure and Barring Service or Criminal Record Bureau Certificates.
The BACP are the governing body of which our counsellors are members. You can download the Ethical Framework to which our team adhere:
A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check is a process for gathering information about someone’s criminal convictions and other cautions, reprimands and final warnings given by the Police.
A Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check on 1st December 2012 because the Criminal Records Bureau merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).