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 £65. Fees are discussed together during the initial consultation before any commitment to ongoing therapy is made and may be reviewed during the therapy to reflect changing circumstances. If you are unable to afford the full fee, I may be able to offer reduced-fee daytime sessions. I am a registered provider with the following insurers: Aviva, AXA PPP Healthcare and Vitality Health.
Confidentiality is maintained and information that you share with me will not be disclosed without your written consent. My work is supervised in accordance with the guidelines given by my professional body, the British Psychoanalytical Council (BPC). The only exceptions to keeping confidentiality could be where there is a risk of harm to self or others and requirements of law. In such circumstances I shall make every effort to talk to you about this first.
I am registered with, and accredited by, the British Psychoanalytical Council (BPC reg. no. 21288), the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP reg. no. 2011169315) and the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC). I abide by their code of ethics and conduct and follow their complaints procedures. Further details, including contact details, can be found on their websites.
My privacy notice, in line with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018, explains the information I hold on you, why I hold this information and the way it is securely maintained and disposed. I will ask for your consent for me to hold this information once therapeutic work begins.
I endeavour to keep myself updated on current thought and research into the impact of technology and the Internet, and my engagement with technology and online activity may change as my thoughts and ideas continue to develop. If you decide to work with me, I will ask that you read my current digital policy, a copy of which you can download below: