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.
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, you may develop greater inner strength, enhancing your sense of wellbeing and enabling you to better face life's challenges.
I aim to offer affordable psychotherapy by taking into account your circumstances, appointment time and location. I hold some reduced-fee spaces for those on low income. As a guide, fees in Central and Greater London tend to average £45-85 per session. Fees are discussed together during our initial meeting before any commitment to ongoing therapy is made and may be reviewed during the therapy to reflect changing circumstances. Being mindful of your unconscious inner world means that the regular time and setting of psychodynamic therapy is important, since this facilitates meaning to unfold. If we agree to work together, sessions last 50 minutes and are at the same time each week. As I keep the space open for you during your therapy, missed sessions are charged, as is standard practice.
I aim to give you notice well in advance of my breaks, for which I do not charge, so that you can plan accordingly. I usually take a two-week break both at Christmas and Easter and a four-week break over the summer period.
We will have agreed whether your therapy is open ended or short-term work before we begin our work together. You have the right to end your therapy at any time; however, some notice of termination, usually at least four weeks, is beneficial for the therapeutic process and allows us the opportunity to work towards an ending.
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.
Psychotherapists and counsellors are generally trained to keep their personal lives out of the consulting room for the benefit of their clients. However, it is acknowledged that we live in a digital age where it is now impossible to keep information about ourselves completely private.
This has prompted some psychotherapists to begin to explore the ways in which the digital revolution impacts the therapeutic work. I endeavour to keep myself updated on current thought and research in this area, and my engagement with 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:
I am accredited by the BPC (British Psychoanalytical Council) and a member of the FPC (Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling). I abide by the BPC ethics and conduct and follow their complaints procedures. This can be found on their website at www.bpc.org.uk or contacting them on 020 7561 9240 or in writing: The British Psychoanalytic Council, Suite 7, 19-23 Wedmore Street, London. I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP reg. no. 237443.