Philippa Downs Counselling for Children

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am thinking about my child having counselling but I'm not sure it's right for them and I've got lots of reservations about what's involved?

You are right to think carefully about what is best for your child. Give me a ring or drop me an email, outlining the basics of your concerns. We can then think together about what will be most helpful and whether counselling is the right course of action.

How long do sessions last?

Each session is 50 minutes long. Sessions start and finish at the agreed time.

How many sessions will my child need?

I offer both short and long term work. It is difficult to say what will be suitable for your child without doing an assessment but we can discuss options on the phone or when we meet.

What is involved and how much does it cost?

Free telephone consultation

I offer a free initial telephone consultation of up to 30 minutes. During this time you are free to talk through, without any obligation, the issues that are concerning you and ask any questions about me and how I work. This should give you a good idea of whether you would like to proceed to the next stage. If for any reason I can't help, I will always try to refer you on to someone who can.


The assessment is a meeting where we can discuss the issues that have brought you to contact me and talk through how I might be able to help you and your child. It is important because we want your child to feel as comfortable as possible when they come for counselling. It also provides you the opportunity to ask whatever questions you may have and find out more about how I work, so you can decide whether I am right for you and your child.

Families often find the assessment in itself can be helpful in bringing a new perspective to their situation and this first meeting often begins the process of change for the child and the parents.

I am very used to the understandable nerves of both parents and children when we first meet and I keep the whole meeting very informal and friendly. I usually have a meeting of about an hour with the parent/s to talk through the problems and then a separate meeting with your child, either on the same day or at another time, depending on what we agree is best. I will also speak to your contact at the school if we agree this will be helpful and include follow up phone calls in the cost of the assessment.

The fee for the assessment process varies depending on its content. The initial meeting with parents is one hour and is £60. A package of an initial meeting with parents and a shorter follow up meeting with either parents or child is £75.


Sessions cost £50. We will discuss during or after the assessment how many sessions your child will need. Payment is due weekly on the day of the session, by bank transfer, cash or cheque.

I have a limited number of reduced fee sessions available for families on low incomes. Please contact me to discuss availability.

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