What kinds of issues or problems can you help with?
The following is a list of common presenting issues:
- depression and anxiety
- relationship problems including conflict, affairs, separation and divorce
- sexual, physical or emotional abuse
- addiction including to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, gaming, social media or shopping
- identity issues including those related to sexuality and gender
- loss including death, miscarriage and infertility
- isolation and loneliness with or without suicidal thoughts
This is not an exhaustive list. Any issue or problem that is causing emotional pain or distress is worth contacting me about.
How much does therapy cost?
I charge £25 for an introductory 50-minute session. All subsequent sessions, which also last 50 minutes, cost £50 for individuals and £70 for couples. I offer a limited number of session at a reduced rate to clients on low incomes.
Do I need any prior knowledge of, or training in, counselling or psychotherapy to get started?
Absolutely not. Whilst my approach to psychotherapy is heavily influenced by the subjects of science and philosophy, it must be stressed that no knowledge whatsoever of these subjects is required on the part of the client in order to be able to engage with and benefit from my sessions.
Do you offer CBT?
Yes, if and when appropriate during treatment, I am able to offer a range of CBT interventions. CBT can be very effective in certain cases. Clients with conditions like insomnia and various phobias, for example, generally respond very well to CBT. CBT alone, in my experience however, is rarely sufficient to achieve desired outcomes. In order to fully integrate past experiences and achieve a state of equilibrium where mind, body and soul are in harmony, it is usually necessary to conduct a deeper, longer and more sophisticated exploration of the client’s experiences than CBT can offer. This is necessary in order to establish the origin of the problem and to determine the best way forward. Otherwise all that is achieved is the temporary removal of symptoms rather than lasting change. If you want to set yourself free from unhelpful patterns of behaviours you have to be prepared to put in the work!
What do I need to do to get started?
All you have to do is send me a message leaving your name, number and email address. I will then get back to you as soon as possible so that we can have a brief chat, if you are undecided as to how to process, or simply go ahead and book your free introductory consultation.
How many sessions will I need?
I offer both short term and long term therapy. It is often difficult to know how many sessions a client will need and there are many factors to take into account. This will form part of our initial discussion. Most clients opt to keep the therapy open ended. All I ask is that when you do feel like you would like to end therapy that you provide me with at least 2 weeks notice. This is so that we can bring your sessions to a safe and, where possible, satisfactory conclusion.
What happens if I miss or cancel a scheduled session?
In order for you to get the most out of therapy you must commit to weekly sessions. This allows me to reserve you an appointment at the same time and on the same day each week. That slot will be yours and I will not offer it to anyone else until you decide that you no longer wish to be in therapy. Should you need to cancel a session I will do my best to offer you an alternative slot that week. This is not, however, always possible. All missed sessions are charged for at the full rate.
What about holidays?
I take on average 9 weeks holiday per calendar year. The weeks I usually take, and for which I will give you at least 2 weeks notice, are 1 week in February, 2 weeks around Easter, 1 week in May, 2 weeks in August, 1 week in October and 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year. Your normal weekly session and my corresponding fees are suspended during those 9 weeks. In addition to those 9 weeks I allow clients to cancel 3 more sessions per calendar year (roughly one session every 4 months) without incurring a cancellation fee.
What about confidentiality and data protection?
I am registered with the BACP and the UKCP whose strict codes of best practice I am obliged to follow.This means that unless there is a risk of serious injury or a crime being committed, all sessions are private and confidential. It also means that all records are collected and stored in line with the current data protection law. Further details can be found on the BACP and UKCP respective websites: www.bacp.co.uk and www. psychotherapy.org.uk