Note: during the Covid-19 social distancing measures in the UK, I am only offering online sessions.
When are you available?
I am available for weekday appointments between 08:00 – 20:00, with some flexibility. Do get in touch to find out more, as this will vary depending on the location or whether we are meeting online.
Please note that if you book a regular online appointment with me, it may not be transferable to face-to-face work due to room rental restrictions. Therefore, it may be that if we have begun sessions online, this is the format through which we continue the entirety of the work together.
Can I talk to you before we make an appointment?
It can be useful to have a telephone call to discuss any practical concerns you might have about therapy. I like to keep phone calls brief, around 10-15 minutes, so that we can discuss your main issues in session to give them proper attention. You can either call me directly and I may be available to answer, or you can email me to arrange a time.
How long are sessions?
Sessions last fifty minutes, typically once a week. It might feel sufficient to you to have just a handful of sessions, for example if you are dealing with a specific issue that you feel would benefit from a time-limited, focused approach. Alternatively, you may prefer ‘open-ended’ sessions, for example if there have been ongoing emotional difficulties that you feel would benefit from regular sessions, working on a deeper level to bring about long-lasting change. The length of the therapeutic process will vary for each person and we can review this together as we go along, making adjustments as needed. I generally recommend at least six sessions to develop a therapeutic relationship.
What happens during the initial consultation?
Before you commit to regular sessions, I suggest we meet for a (reduced-cost) initial consultation to discuss your reasons for coming and how we might work together. This lasts for fifty minutes and is a chance for us to get to know each other.
In some cases, you may decide not to continue with me, or I may decide you need someone with more specific expertise, in which case I may be able to refer you to a colleague or to an alternative service.
Following this session, if we choose to continue working together, I will give you my Therapy Agreement and Privacy Statement, which I require you to confirm you have read and understood before we continue.
Are you qualified?
I am fully qualified with a Postgraduate Diploma, and I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). All of my work is supervised by a qualified practitioner to ensure I adhere to best practice guidelines.
Please note that I did not originally train as an ‘online therapist’ but rather, like many other therapists during this time, I am transferring my existing therapeutic skills to working over webcam. During this time, I am completing extra training to enhance my practice in the transition to working online.
Are sessions confidential?
Rest assured that everything you discuss with me is confidential, and that confidentiality will only be broken:
- Where it is deemed that you, or connected persons, are at serious risk, in which case relevant third parties may be contacted in the interests of safety.
- Where you give explicit permission for private information to be shared with third parties, for instance with your medical practitioner.
- Where I am required to divulge information by a court of law.
I will always try to speak to you about this first, unless there are safeguarding issues that prevent this.
Please see my Privacy Statement for more details.
How much does it cost?
Fees are set on a sliding scale, depending on your income level. Please click here for more details.
What about cancellations?
Because the weekly slot is kept open for you, you will be charged the full session fee for cancelled or missed sessions unless you give me 24 hours’ notice for online sessions, 48 hours’ notice for in-person sessions, or in the event of emergency.
How does therapy end?
Whether we work for a limited time or in an open-ended framework, how we end therapy is very important. Endings can be just as transformative as the rest of the work, and for this reason I encourage you to end in person, with at least a few weeks to wind down our work together, to reflect on your therapy so far and to think about your next steps.