What can I expect at the first meeting? Before starting therapy we will meet for an initial assessment. This is a mutual assessment. Our initial assessment will be an opportunity for us to talk and for me to get an understanding of what it is you would like from therapy and also an opportunity for you to get an understanding of how I practice. The first session will last 50 minutes. The initial assessment and all sessions thereafter are held in strict confidence.
To enable counselling to be effective and therapeutic you need to feel comfortable with me, therefore our first meeting will be a mutual assessment for both of us to see if we can work together and to explore how counselling might proceed. If we decide to work together we will establish an agreement about the fee, and also which day and time we will meet each week.
How long does therapy usually last? This of course depends on the individual. I offer both short term (more goal oriented) and long term therapy. I offer both long and short-term therapy, dependent upon your own particular needs. Short term can be for a minimum of six sessions, and long term can be for several months or longer.
How does counselling help? Many times the primary problem for clients is the feeling lik they are struggling, either emotionally, mentally or physically. This is true even for those who live within a family or community. By coming to therapy you can share your problems with someone skilled in listening and who can help you understand how past experiences and current behaviour may be linked.
How much does counselling cost? Initial assessment £45
Face to Face Counselling: Sliding scale £65 - £90 These are weekly face to face, 50-minute Sessions between will be held at either of my practices.are. I believe that every person should have access to therapy should they want it. I therefore also offer a limited number of places for those on low incomes, Please feel free to get in contact for more information.
One on One Double Session: Sliding scale £90 - £120 Sometimes 50 minutes can seem too short for everything you feel you need to work through. Occasionally, following discussion, you may choose to have a double session which lasts for 90 minutes
Skype / Phone Sessions: Sliding scale £65 - £90 Skype / Phone sessions last 50 minutes. These sessions suit people who have a busy lifestyle or are unable to attend a face to face session
Groupwork. £70 per person per 90-minute group Group therapy can be a very powerful forum in which to undergo therapy and can assist with issues around interpersonal skills and relationships. When part of a therapeutic group many of our struggles can be held and supported as part of a process, assisting greatly in learning how you are perceived, and your role within relationships. My group practice is also based in central London.
How can I make payment? Payment can be made by cash, cheque, debit or credit card. Payment is required on the day of our session or in advance if you are paying electronically or, if our session is via telephone or Skype.
How long is each session? Typically each session will be a 50 minute session, unless they are a double booking or group sessions