Frequently asked questions...
Can I bring a friend?
Counselling is all about how you are feeling and the relationship between you and your counsellor. The session is confidential and having another person in the room would disrupt that process. Understandably you may be nervous the first time you come. Having a friend bring you along or pick you up might be a good idea but your friend won’t be able to come into the session with you and we don’t have a waiting room so they will have to wait in the car or in a local café. If you are very nervous about the session please call me and I’ll see if there is anything I can do to help.
How many sessions do I need?
As I offer person-centred therapy the number of sessions is open ended and up to you. We will have regular reviews to see how things are going and keep the therapy relevant to your needs. We can work towards an ending together in good time.
How long is each session and how often do I have them?
The sessions are 50 minutes long. If you arrive late, we cannot make the time up at the end as the next person may be waiting so please arrive on time. Sessions are usually once a week but if you want to see me more frequently we can discuss that in your first session. Most of my clients leave at least a few days between sessions to process the emotions that may have surfaced.
What happens if I have to cancel?
I understand that sometimes life gets in the way and if you have to cancel try to give me 24 hours notice, in which case no charges apply. Cancellation later than 24 hours mean the fee is still due. If you are cancelling because of Covid 19 isolation I can offer the session online so please contact me to make those arrangements.
What is the best way to contact you?
If you are in distress between sessions please contact your GP or the Samaritans on 116 123 free phone number. I do not offer emergency cover. Please contact me to ask any questions about your sessions, make a booking or change any arrangements, either call or text me on 07548 859 351 or reach me on facebook messenger @debbiecounsellingwithkindness and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.
Are there any access issues to the room?
There are 4 steps up to the entrance of the Southchurch room, once inside it is all on one level with plenty of space. Our Leigh On Sea room has a small step through the door. If access is a problem please call me, I am happy to meet you outside and help you with the steps. However, if steps are a barrier then I may be able to arrange to meet elsewhere. Please contact me to discuss this.
There is plenty of free parking around the premises and a bus stop nearby.
What is Person Centred Counselling?
Person Centred Counselling is sometimes also called client centred counselling. It is a humanistic approach. This means that the sessions are completely led by you as the client. I believe that you are the expert on your life so I won’t offer advice, give you homework or tell you what I think you should do. I will work to understand your experience from your perspective, I will offer non-judgemental support and will hold you in positive regard while we work together to find a way forward. This helps build a trustworthy relationship in which you can feel free and supported to disclose whatever is troubling you. You have control over the content and the pace of our sessions and I will be alongside you.
If you would like more details of this modality please have a look at this link: