Alessia Mitchell Integrative Psychotherapy
High Barnet, EN5

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at the first session?

The first session is an assessment, where we explore what brings you to counselling and what you would like to work on. Often, client and psychotherapist feel like they would like to commit to working together from this first assessment session. If we decide to work together, we will agree a time-frame for therapy and when our regular sessions will take place. We will also be able to cover any additional questions you may have. In some cases, either client or psychotherapist feel they are not best matched, perhaps in their preferences of working together or based on expectations of counselling. If we decide not to go ahead and you'd like to see if you prefer working with a different psychotherapist, I can try and signpost where possible.

How much will it cost?

I charge £30 for the initial assessment and my fee is £60 per counselling session. The fee can be paid preferably by bank transfer or in cash at each session.

How long is each session?

Each counselling hour lasts 50 minutes and sessions usually take place on the same day at the same time each week. However, if you would like to meet every 2 weeks, we can see if this will work for us, also taking into account your reasons for coming to counselling and what you would like to work on.

How many sessions will I need?

We will work out a time-frame together which can be reviewed later at any point. Some people come short term (for example 8-12 sessions), while others would like to engage for a longer period and opt for open-ended therapy.

Is it confidential?

What we talk about in our counselling sessions is kept confidential wherever possible. When presenting my work in my supervision I also uphold confidentiality and aim to outline the work together whilst maintaining anonymity for each client. The only times I would break confidentiality were if a client presented significant risk to themselves or others or in instances where breach of confidentiality aids the detection or prevention of a serious crime. Should this happen, I will talk you through the process and aim to get support from others where possible.

Do I have to choose between online or face-to-face sessions?

No, I can offer either or both, depending on what you prefer. If you would like to start off counselling face-to-face and later move to online sessions (or vice versa), this is a possibility we can explore together to see if it will work for us.


What if I am looking for a counsellor for a child?

I am happy to offer a free telephone consultation prior to the first session with both the parent/carer and the adolescent or just the parent/carer, if needed. At the assessment, I usually go through the questions (e.g. reasons for coming to counselling and goals that are hoping to achieved etc.) with only the young person. At the end, it is useful for the parents/carers to join the assessment again so that any outstanding questions can be discussed together. Please note that due to conflict of interest I can only be a counsellor to the adolescent, not to any other close family members.


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