Jessica Goodman Counselling in Barnet, Hertfordshire

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens?
We'll set up a date for an initial meeting where we’ll work out what your aims and expectations for therapy are and what you’d like to achieve. After this initial assessment, each week you’ll come along and use the time to focus on yourself, and explore your difficulties in a safe, warm and non judgemental space.

How many sessions will I need?
At our first meeting, together we’ll work out what your needs are. Some people come short term (12-24 sessions), while others need support on an on-going basis.

How long is each session?
Each session lasts 50 minutes and sessions usually take place on the same day at the same time each week.

How much will it cost?
My fee is £60 per 50 minute session, but I do have a limited number of lower cost slots available if your income is low. The fee can be paid by bank transfer, in cash at the end of each session, or by Paypal.

Is it confidential?
Yes. Our sessions will be completely confidential. The only time I would break confidentiality would be if I thought you were at risk of harming yourself or someone else, in which case, I may have to tell someone in order to get you the best support possible.

Where are you based?
I work out of my therapy room in High Barnet, North London. It’s a 7 minute walk from High Barnet tube on the Northern Line. Lots of buses also stop at the top of my road, and then it’s a 3 minute walk. Here are some of them : 107, 307, 327, 263, 234, 84, 184. There are also good transport links to Potters Bar, Borehamwood and Finchley.

How does Online Therapy work?
Online therapy is different to face to face, but it still aims to help you in much the same way in terms of outcome. You can decide which medium might work best for you, for example, if you're good with the written word, then IM or email might suit you. But if you prefer to express youself with the spoken word, and like to have the visual cues to respond to, then webcam might work better. But whatever you choose, if it doesn't feel right, then we can try something else. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable. It's also great in terms of accessibility, and if you have trouble getting out, live in a remote part of the country, or just prefer the flexibility of online counselling, as long as you have somewhere safe and confidential to have your sessions, you can access your counselling pretty much anywhere (with a good internet connection!).

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