FAQs

Rebecca Mercer Counselling

FAQs

What is counselling / psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy are used to describe the same process of speaking about things you are finding difficult with someone who is qualified. Counselling can be thought of as shorter term work and psychotherapy longer term work. I work in a person-centered way, offering a non-judgemental, safe space in which we can explore what is going on for you.


How much does it cost?

My fee is negotiable depending on what is affordable for you, starting at £30 per one hour session. The fee is paid at the end of each session.


Do you have concessionary rates?

Yes, I have a limited number of appointments that I can offer at a concessionary rate for students, people on low income and other concessions.


What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel, I ask that you provide a minimum of 24 hours notice. If you cancel less than 24 hours before our appointment, you will need to pay the fee in full for that session.


How long will I see a counsellor for?

This is individual to you. Some people come to counselling for weeks, months or even longer. Typically clients would come once a week for a one hour session. However, you may prefer a 90-minute session or to come more or less regularly. We can work together to best suit your needs.


Where will I be seen?

I see clients from my home in Wallyford, East Lothian where I have a dedicated counseling room. It is easily accessible by car, bus and train and has free on street parking. I'm a 5 minute walk from the nearest bus stop and a 10 minute walk from the train station. I also offer online and telephone counselling.


When can I be seen?

I aim to meet you for our first session within a week of you contacting me. I am available for daytime and evening sessions on weekdays. I currently do not have a waiting list.


What can counselling help with?

There are many reasons a person may seek counselling. You may have a specific issue you want to focus on, or a general feeling that is troubling you.  


Some of the most common reasons that people seek counselling:


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship difficulties 
  • Low self esteem
  • Trauma - due to many reasons including, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, abuse in childhood, assult, accident, witnessing a traumatic event 
  • Sense of identity 
  • Issues around sexuality or gender
  • Loss of purpose
  • Bereavement 
  • Addiction


What about confidentiality?

Everything you bring to counselling is kept confidential between us. There are limits to this which I will outline in detail with you. I am a member of the National Counselling Society and work within their code of Ethics.


How will you use my information?

Basic details such as your name and contact details are captured for the purpose of contacting you about your counselling sessions only. I strictly follow GDPR guidelines and will not share any information about you.

If you have any questions that have not been answered please contact me, I am happy to discuss them with you.