Getting Started

Your first counselling session

Most people feel a little nervous before their first counselling  appointment. These feelings are quite normal because you are going to meet somebody that you don’t know and you are going to talk about something that troubles or upsets you. Try to remember that I am here to help you and am on your side. Your first counselling session is a big step but most people discover it is much easier than they had imagined.

Finding the office

My office is at 19 Stow park Avenue (Np20 4FL). It has easy access to the M4 and Newport CBD. There is on-street parking outside.


People often ask if they need to do anything before their first appointment but prior preparation is not necessary. During the session you will be asked what has prompted you to seek counselling and what you would like to gain from your sessions. As you would expect, I will ask questions to try to understand as fully as possible what has lead to your current situation. Please feel free to ask  any questions you might have as well.

If you are coming for couples counselling then you will usually come to the first session together. You will both be asked to describe how you understand the situation and what you would like to change. It can sometimes be a little difficult to hear your partner describe things from their perspective as they may see it quite differently from you. You may be tempted to interrupt and disagree or correct how your partner perceives things. This is quite normal and I will make sure that you both get a chance to talk and will hear both sides of the story.

Take your time

You don’t have to rush in and divulge every intimate detail of your life. Tell me as much as you can about your situation but do it at your pace. I will not rush you or push you to talk about things you aren’t ready to talk about. This is your space so you can take as much time as you need.

Duration of sessions

Individual counselling and psychotherapy sessions are 50 minutes long. Couple counselling sessions are 60 minutes long.


Payment for each session is due on the day. (A £40 late cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel within 48 hours). An up-to-date price list can be found here.

Get in touch

If you have any further questions then please feel free to get in touch directly with me or fill in the form on the contact page and I will phone or email you straight back.


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What My Clients Are Saying

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