What sort of people do you see?
My practice is very varied. I see young people over the age of 18. I see men and women, young and old, married people, single people, people of all races, cultures, religions, and sexual orientations.
Is your counselling / psychotherapy service confidential?
Yes, confidentiality is of the utmost importance. However there are certain ethical and legal exceptions outlined in the BPC Code of Ethics. These exceptions usually have to do with putting yourself or others in danger and in which case it may be necessary to seek outside help. No action would be taken by me without first discussing it with you in detail. It is very rare that an issue is ever taken outside the confidentiality of the consulting room.
How much does it cost?
My current fee is £50 per 50 minute session. Sessions incorporating Energy Psychology require a longer time, usually 90 minutes. My charge for a 90 minute session is £80
How often would I have to come?
I usually see people for one 50 / 90 minute session each week.
How long would I have to come to see you?
It varies a lot. Some people find a few sessions helpful to deal with a specific problem. I also see people for open-ended therapy where repetitive problems stem back to childhood and family of origin issues.
Are you the right person for me?
After we've had an initial chat on the phone I usually suggest we meet for one session to see how we get on. If we decide to work together we have a review after 4 sessions.
How does counselling / psychotherapy work?
Drawing on my experience and skill I shall aim to be alongside you as you grow in insight, awareness and self understanding. So often, a therapeutic journey of this kind can help in formulating choices and perspectives that maybe you had not considered or even been aware of before. With deepened understanding comes the possibility of new thinking and change.
Many people find that having the time and space to talk about and reflect on their lives, with someone who is trained to listen and interact at this level, and who is not critical and judgemental, is a therapeutic experience in itself.
A skilled psychotherapist and counsellor will listen carefully to what you have to say and this could help you understand how past experiences, worries about the future, or lack of confidence may be affecting your life. Together we can reflect on life events, and explore the way you relate to yourself and others.
A skilled psychotherapist and counsellor will not make decisions for you or give you advise, but will aim to help you make your own choices.