Q: What can I expect when I arrive?
A: Once we have agreed to book in an Initial Consultation via email or phone, we will meet at 96 Harley Street. The door to the practice is dark grey with a large brass ‘96’ on it. CLICK HERE for a Google Street View. Press the buzzer and either myself or one of the receptionists will buzz you in. There is a light and spacious waiting room and there are also toilet facilities available. Just before our session is due to begin, I’ll come to meet you and we’ll head to our therapy room. We’ll both sit in comfortable chairs facing each other. Sessions, including the Initial Consultation will always start on the hour and last 50 minutes. Details of how to find 96 Harley Street are on my CONTACT page.
Q: What happens during the Initial Consultation?
A: Finding the right therapist for your journey is very important. I offer an initial consultation which provides you with the opportunity to meet with me and decide if you feel comfortable and confident in continuing your therapy with me. During this consultation, you can share what brings you to therapy and ask me any questions you may have. We can discuss how we might work together and how I can best support you. Please ensure you read my Terms & Conditions before your initial consultation. If we decide to work together, I’ll provide a copy for us both to sign.
Q: What is the difference between Counselling & Psychotherapy?
A: My therapeutic approach integrates both Counselling and Psychotherapy. Counsellors and Psychotherapists both provide a space for people to explore their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Counselling tends to focus on more specific problems whereas Psychotherapy can address deeper underlying issues that may be unfamiliar as well as unprocessed.
Q: What kind of problems can Counselling & Psychotherapy help me with?
A: I’m able to work with you on a wide range of issues including, and not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Bereavement, Relationship Difficulties, Trauma, Abuse (Physical, Emotional, Sexual), Loss, Spiritually, Self-Esteem, Self-Worth, Self-Confidence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dissociative Disorders, Anger, Bullying, Identity, Race, Sexuality, Gender, Stress, Career & Work Related Issues, Cancer, Illnesses, and Ex-Boarders (Boarding School Survivors).
Q: What type of Counselling & Psychotherapy do you provide and which is best for me?
A: Most contemporary talking therapies today have their roots in the ideas of Psychoanalysis. Having undertaken an Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy training, this approach aims to draw from and integrate many of the different approaches that have emerged. Your experiences, feelings and process are unique to you, so I tailor these approaches to offer the best support to you. The approaches that underpin my work include Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Gestalt, Attachment Neuropsychotherapy. Where appropriate, I also use meditation, grounding and awareness techniques as well as Mindfulness to support you.
Q: Is Counselling & Psychotherapy an advice service?
A: No, I don’t give advice, tell you what to do or judge you in any way. The aim of Counselling & Psychotherapy is to help you come to your own decision(s). Only you know how you feel in any given situation. I might sum up what I understand you have been saying so that I can best support you in your situation.
Q: How many sessions does Counselling & Psychotherapy take?
A: I offer three kinds of sessions, short-term (6-20 sessions), long-term and online therapy. Often it can be hard to predict how many sessions you may need at the start. Once therapy has begun, new thoughts and feelings can emerge that you may feel needs more time and attention. If this is the case, your therapy may continue for longer than you initially expected. However, for some people having a specific number of sessions booked from the start is helpful. We can then have a ‘review’ session towards the end of these sessions to decide whether or not to extend therapy. If you decide to end your therapy we will work together on an ending. For long-term therapy I work on 4-6 weeks’ notice for ending therapy.
Q: What can I talk about?
A: Before attending the Initial Consultation, you may find it helpful to make a note of the reasons for seeking therapeutic support. This may help you describe your feelings while we are getting to know each other. You’re free to talk about anything that is on your mind, no matter how large or small. Quite often people find themselves saying things they had not expected to say. That is more than OK and I will always help you explore these feelings.
Q: Cancellation Policy: What if I miss a scheduled session?
A: I charge a full session fee if you miss any sessions. Holiday breaks require four weeks’ notice. Please read my Terms & Conditions for full details. I will always try to find alternative times to make up for the sessions missed during your breaks.
Q: Is Counselling & Psychotherapy confidential?
A: Yes. The contract between us is strictly confidential. I won’t disclose any information to a third party. The only exception is if I’m obliged by law to do so or I believe there is a threat to your own safety or to the safety of others. If I need to disclose information for these purposes, I would discuss this with you first. My governing bodies BACP & UKCP require me to have appropriate supervision for all clients. All client details are kept anonymous during supervision. In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR), any records of sessions are confidential and held in secure and encrypted manner.
Q: How do I pay your fees?
A: The Initial Consultation fee is £50* and further sessions start from £80*. I do offer a limited number of reduced rates, please contact me for more information. Payment is due at the beginning of each session by card payment. I accept all major credit and debit cards. If you have any further payment queries, please CONTACT me and select the ‘fees’ option. *Please note that there is a £1 transaction card fee.
Q: I have another question not listed.
A: I’m more than happy to answer any questions and queries you may have. It can be nerve racking thinking about booking to see a therapist and it’s natural that you may have lots of questions. Please don’t hesitate CONTACT me if you have any other questions not listed here or wish to discuss anything further.