Frequently Asked Questions
What happens next?
If you have a particular question, would like to talk to me, or feel ready to arrange an initial consultation, please either leave me a telephone message, send me an email, or click the link on this website to write me a message.
If, after our initial contact, we decide to meet for a consultation, this is a face to face meeting which lasts about an hour. It is an opportunity for us to think about you and what has brought you to consider therapy. It tends to take two consultation sessions to come to a decision about how best to move forwards.
If we decide that working together would be helpful for you, we will agree to a period of therapy. This will generally involve weekly meetings at a set time (sometimes it is possible for people to attend twice/week if it felt that this would be helpful). If, on the other hand, we come to the decision that I am not best placed to help you, I will do my very best to make suggestions as to what might be of use to you.
How long does therapy last?
It varies. A focused piece of work on a particular problem can last only a few months. In such cases, at the beginning of therapy we will have agreed to meet for a set period of time such as 3 or 6 months. In contrast, if you are interested in working on a deeper level with struggles that have been around for much of your life, then therapy can last for a year, or longer. In these instances, we will generally have agree to work together in an open ended way. Whichever way we are working together, your feelings about the progress of therapy will be important and there is always scope for flexibility.
What does it cost?
Therapy sessions, which last one hour generally cost £90. I have a small number of reduced fee places available and the cost is also reduced in some cases of longer-term therapy. I am registered with the main insurance providers.
What sort of therapy will I receive?
This depends on your personal style and preference, and on my professional opinion, which is guided both by the evidence base and my sense of you. We will have explicit discussions about what therapy we are using. I see it as my responsibility to acknowledge if I am not in a position to offer you the treatment that would best suit your needs, in such circumstances, I will try to make other recommendations.
Who attends the sessions?
I work with individuals, rather than couples or families, so if you are working with me, your therapy space will be just for you. If it emerges that couple or family work would be best for you, I will do my best to refer you to someone that may be able to help.
Does anyone else hear about what happens in my therapy?
What we talk about in therapy sessions remains confidential, aside from the rare occasions when I am worried that someone might harm themselves or others. In such circumstances I would make every effort to discuss it with the client before I shared concerns with the GP.