Andrew FC Hoyt MBACP

Counselling . Psychotherapy . Training . Consultancy

Frequently Asked Questions


Counselling and Psychotherapy


What is counselling and psychotherapy?


Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.

A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings that you have.


Sometimes, the term 'counselling' is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a specific type of therapy in its own right.

Counselling may be enough for one issue you might be struggling with whereas psychotherapy is a more long-term therapeutic intervention used to understand emotional problems and mental health conditions.

It allows you to look deeper into your problems and worries and deal with troublesome habits and a wide range of problems including depression.

Although psychotherapy is usually a talking therapy, sometimes other methods may be used.


Psychotherapy can help you to discuss feelings that you have about yourself and other people, particularly family and those close to you.

All sessions are confidential. This means you can explore issues that may be embarrassing or secret in the knowledge that what you say stays with us in the room.


What about confidentiality?


Everything discussed during our sessions together remains confidential. The only time confidentiality would be broken is if I felt your own safety or life, or the safety and life of others, is in danger. I will always try to discuss this with you first.


I am a Registred Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I undergo regular clinical supervision with a qualified and experienced supervisor with whom I discuss aspects of my work with. This allows me to get another professional perspective of my work and this is in full adherence with the BACP Ethical Framework. I do not discuss the identity of my clients with my Supervisor.

We will talk about confidentially during our first session.


I am registered with The Information Commissioner’s Office Register of Data Controllers and manage your personal information in full compliance of The Data Protection Act 1998


What training do you have?


I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling as well as a SDCC Certificate in Counselling Skills. I regularly undertake training and workshops to inform and broaden my practice. Specialist areas of study I have undertaken have included Identity Transition, Identity Development, Gender and Sexual Diversity (LGBT) as well as Psychosexual issues.


What happens in our first counselling session?


Our first session together is different from further work we may undertake together. In the first session, I will ask you questions to gain an understanding of the issues you are bringing to therapy, as well as asking information about your life, friends and or family support. It is also an opportunity for you to ask me questions about my experience and practice.

I will also explain how I work and discuss confidentiality. We decide together whether or not we are able to work together and the frequency which we will work (usually on a weekly basis). Therapy can be either short term or long term, but we decide together what is best for you.


Although I recommend we work face to face, if this is not possible for whatever reason I am able to offer sessions online through VSee (similar to Skype but more secure). Please see here for more details or contact me for more details.


How much does counselling cost?



I offer a full (50 minute) introductory session of £20 (to cover room hire costs) for us to meet to discuss the issues or concerns you have, your aims of counselling and to decide whether or not we would be able to work well together. You are under no obligation to continue if you decide it is not for you.

If we do decide to work together, my fees are on a sliding scale of £45 - £65 for a 50-minute session depending on your view of your means to pay.

I can also offer a limited number of concessions to students or unwaged at £35 per session.


I offer £65 - £85 per 50 minute session, again depending on your view of your means to pay.


My fees are negotiable as I believe in offering you, when possible, an affordable rate that allows you to access counselling for as long as you feel you need to.



I am partnered with Barclays Bank and Barclaycard so payment can also be by made now through bank transfer or by credit and debit card. I can accept Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or JCB.





Training and Consultancy

What are the costs for bringing you into our organisation to deliver training?


My aim is to provide high quality training at affordable prices to both the voluntary, charity and statutory sector. Fees are based on per person with a minimum of 16 participants







Standard Fees apply to all other organisations: local authorities, individuals, housing associations, other statutory sector, commercial and other private bodies


Are all courses offered as in-house training?


In-house training may be the most cost-effective solution. With course fees starting from as low as £35 per-person, I will provide the training complete with hand outs, resources and certificates. I have all the equipment necessary to deliver my high quality training. You provide the venue and the supply of any catering needs of your staff.


At the moment I am only able to offer in-house training. If you have a staff team smaller than 16 people, perhaps you might want to consider linking up with another agency to combine the staff teams for the training, meeting the minimum requirement?


What are the terms and conditions when booking training?


Payment: Full payment and a complete list of attendees is required seven working days before the course date. If full payment has not been received by the course date, I reserve the right to cancel the training.


Cancellations and Transfers: All cancellations and transfers must be made in writing. Cancellations received more than 10 working days before the course date will be issued with a credit note, unless otherwise negotiated. Cancellations received with less than 10 working days notice or non-attendance on the day, will be charged the full course rate.

If a course attendee is unable to attend the training, they may transfer their place to another colleague at no charge, however if the transfer takes place within one day of the training course, the transferred colleague understands there may be a delay in issuing their certificate of attendance.


Do you only deliver training in Brighton and Hove?


Primarily I deliver training in both East and West Sussex, my travel costs within East and West Sussex are included within my fees.

However I am able to travel further afield but would have to consider my travel on top of the course fees, please contact me for more details.


I’ve seen a course that’s close to what we want, can you make it more specific to my agency/staff needs?


Yes I can. Before we agree to work together, I always like to assess the needs and expectations you have in the delivery of my training. Courses can be tailor-made, and can be anything from a few hours, to one day, to two days. Please contact me for more details.



Type of Organisation

1/2 Day Course

1 Day Course

2 Day Course

Voluntary / Charity








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