Dennise Rathbone


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in our first session?

Our initial session consists of an assessment. This is an invaluable opportunity for us both. For me to get a sense of where you are and where you want to be, and for you to see whether you would be comfortable working with me as your therapist. We then decide together what will suit you in terms of when and how often you want to see me. I can work open-ended or to a fixed number of sessions.

Where do we meet?

We meet in the quiet comfort of my therapy room in Ashurst Wood, West Sussex, or in the comfort and convenience of your own space, via Zoom.

Together we work calmly within an accepting, non-judgemental and empathetic space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and we can find ways through your difficulties.

How long does it take?

This is very personal and can depend upon why you’re coming to counselling.

Sometimes we might agree, before starting, on a limited number of sessions to explore a specific issue. At other times we can leave it open until such time as you feel ready to finish.

It’s your decision how long you stay in counselling. We will regularly review the process and your thoughts and feelings about how you’re getting on, and if you are getting what you need from it.

How do I get to you?

I can see you face-to-face in Ashurst Wood or work via Zoom, depending upon which is easiest for you. For details, click here.

How much does it cost?

You’ll find details of my fees here.

What about confidentiality?

Rest assured that anything you share with me is in complete confidence and will remain that way, unless you instruct me otherwise. Information you share is never disclosed to others (outside of required professional supervision) unless there is a serious risk of harm to yourself or others. In this instance I would always seek to discuss this with you first.

The testimonials on my website are from genuine people with whom I’ve worked, who have given me permission to share their thoughts. For reasons of confidentiality, only their initials are given.

What if we meet outside my sessions?

Because I work and live in Ashurst Wood near East Grinstead, my policy is that should we meet in passing and should you acknowledge me, I shall briefly acknowledge you too, mindful of your confidentiality.

What if I'm unhappy with my counselling?

Please share with me any concerns which may arise during your counselling. We can almost always find a way through, and your thoughts and feelings can provide invaluable opportunities for insight.

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate"

- Carl Jung

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