What happens in a therapy session?
There is no typical therapy session. I am client led and do not have an agenda in terms of what needs to be discussed nor will I pressure you to talk about anything you don’t wish to talk about, we will work together at your pace. I provide a safe and confidential space to explore your issues.
What issues can psychotherapy and counselling help with?
Clients come to therapy with a wide selection of issues, including:
anxiety (generalised anxiety problems, panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety, claustrophobia)
workplace issues (redundancy, stress, work-life imbalances)
relationship issues (breakups, divorce, affairs, loneliness, life adjustments, marital problems, arguments, jealousy, wedding and premarital issues)
depression (including suicidal thoughts, low mood, social withdrawal
low self-esteem and lack of confidence
Eating issues (including overeating, bulimia, binge eating, negative body image)
phobias and fear
addiction and substance misuse
abuse (including physical, verbal, and sexual abuse)
Who seeks psychotherapy/counselling?
People from all walks of life seek therapy to deal with life’s challenges. I welcome you regardless of your culture, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
How do I start with you?
Please get in touch to book your first appointment. We will have a chat on the phone to find out if therapy is for you and what you are hoping to achieve. I do not charge for this. We will agree a time and place to meet. Your first session will be charged at my usual rate.
How do I know if you (as the therapist) will work for me?
For your therapy to be effective, it is important you work with a counsellor or psychotherapist you feel you can build a warm, trusting relationship with. At our first meeting both you and I will have an opportunity to honestly decide if you will benefit from working with me. If after several sessions you don't feel I am a good match for you I can refer to on to colleagues.
What if I want to try more than one kind of therapy?
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist. I am trained in and combine a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches to assist my clients. If this is of interest please get in touch.
How long should I expect to have to continue psychotherapy/counselling?
The length of time you spend in therapy depends very much depend on your unique circumstances and needs. I recommend we have an initial six sessions and we can then review how things are going and decide how to move forward. In my experience longer term psychotherapy with periodic reviews is most effective at bringing lasting change.
Keep in mind that once you start your weekly therapy sessions, new issues and perspectives can arise and you may then want to explore these. It is also possible that you may see improvement faster than you expected.
WILL MY COUNSELLING SESSIONS BE CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes, counselling sessions are confidential. The only exception to this would be if you were to pose a danger to yourself or others, in which case the relevant parties would be notified.
DO YOU HAVE THE APPROPRIATE QUALIFICATIONS?
Yes. I have an Integrative Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy both from the Metanoia Institute in partnership with Middlesex University.
I am UKCP registered and I am a member of, and registered with, the BACP.
BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
UKCP - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
How experienced are you?
I have been seeing clients in a variety of settings since 2012. Settings include low cost therapy centres, a Women’s centre, a bereavement service, private practise and time limited therapy in an NHS GP surgery.
WHY DO I NEED TO ATTEND WEEKLY SESSIONS?
The standard format of weekly sessions will help you make gradual and steady progress that means you see real results.
CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE SESSION A WEEK?
Yes. If you require more than one session a week and I have availability I may be able to accommodate you, likely at a different location.
CAN I SPEAK TO YOU BEFORE MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
Following our initial telephone conversation we will next speak in our agreed session. This first session with me is the time to ask any questions you might have, find out how we work together and notice if you feel a connection with me. You are under no obligation to continue.
WHAT IS YOUR RATE?
The rate depends on the location I see you in. Please contact me for further information.
DOES MY GP NEED TO REFER ME FOR AN APPOINTMENT?
No. You are free to self-refer yourself to me. The only exception is if your insurers require you to have a GP referral in order to use your policy for treatment.
YOU ARE IN PRIVATE PRACTICE, WHY DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE MY GP DETAILS?
In the case of a psychological or emotional emergency, I may seek request your permission to contact your GP in the interests of your safety and/or wellbeing.
CAN I USE MY HEALTH INSURANCE TO PAY FOR COUNSELLING SESSIONS?
This depends on the nature of your policy. Check with your provider to see if psychotherapy/counselling sessions are covered, how many sessions can be included and if there are any other restrictions. Please contact me to check if I am covered by your health insurance providers.
I NEED TO CHANGE MY TIME SLOT FOR NEXT WEEK, IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Once we have agreed to a mutually convenient slot at the first session this will be your ongoing weekly slot (same day, same time in the same location). If you cannot make this time I am happy to slot you into another time assuming I have availability.
HOW CAN I PAY FOR A THERAPY SESSION?
I will take payment in full at the end of each session. You can also do a bank transfer 24 hours before the session.
DO YOU HAVE A CANCELLATION POLICY?
My cancellation policy is 48 hours which means that if you let me know that you cannot attend a session with less than 48 hours notice you will be charged the full session fee. You will be sent an invoice for any missed or cancelled sessions that do not abide by this cancellation agreement.