An initial meeting should give you a sense of how I work and enable us to decide what will best suit your needs. Many people find this experience of being listened to without judgment therapeutic in itself. If psychodynamic psychotherapy or counselling may not best suit your needs at this time, I will endeavour to help you seek out the most appropriate help.
If we agree to work together, sessions last 50 minutes and are at the same time each week. I aim to give you the freedom to explore what is happening so that you and I together can come to an understanding of what is troubling you. In your counselling sessions you may want to talk about something currently happening in your life, feelings, memories, relationships, images or dreams. Really, anything that comes to mind. We may find links to your past that illuminate difficulties in your present, freeing you to make more conscious choices in the future. Through coming to understand and know yourself better, you may develop greater inner strength, enhancing your sense of wellbeing and enabling you to better face life's challenges.
My fee for the initial session is £70 (London Bridge £85). Fees for ongoing sessions will be arranged during the initial consultation and depend on location and session time. In some instances, I may be able to take account of circumstances. Once we decide to work together, I hold your session time for you each week and, as such, sessions cancelled by you are charged. I am a registered provider with the following insurers: Aviva, AXA PPP Healthcare and Vitality Health.
Face-to-face therapy is my preferred and usual way of working, however, I recognise that this is not always possible. This has become especially pertinent in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. There may be other circumstances whereby remote therapy will be considered important in order to offer continuation to your therapy. Sometimes, however, I may consider it unhelpful, or even unsafe, to offer remote therapy. Therefore, a decision to work remotely will be thought about with you, in light of your needs and current circumstances, and this will be continually reviewed to ensure this way of working is in your best interests.
Current thinking around online therapy is continuing to evolve and I endeavour to stay informed with regards to this way of working. My online policy will continue to be shaped by new research and best practice, in line with my registering professional bodies.