Time and fees
Fees and hours:
Fees are £60 per hour for individual psychotherapy and counselling. Supervision £65 per hour. Couples and families £80.00 per hour.Fees are payable weekly, or monthly in advance. There are some low cost spaces available for people in receipt of welfare benefits or low wage (please do ask at the initial stage).
As a depth psychotherapy the sessions for individuals are held weekly, or sometimes fortnightly, for a longer session. Ideally we will meet at the same time and place to allow for the containment and rhythm that is required to support sometimes difficult or very early material. If you are experiencing significant dissociation it may be necessary to attend twice a week during the middle part of therapy. I prefer to work medium to long term to enable a depth enquiry into areas beyond the cognitive.
Initially, we work for six sessions (this is the minimum amount of work that can be agreed upon) and then hold a review to look at the work so far and to make a plan forward which may be more sessions, perhaps open ended if there are problems which have been troubling you for a long time. Sometimes the work ends at the sixth session as it may be beneficial for you to work with a different therapist, perhaps using a different approach.
Parent infant, child and couple work is often shorter term and may involve one or two sessions initially, and perhaps a plan for support on a fortnightly basis. Sometimes very brief work can be enriching for a parent infant relationship that has just started as you have only just met and long term difficulties have not become entrenched.
Telephone and email sessions:
There is no substitute for meeting and working face to face, however, some people are unable to leave home due to disability or anxiety, or are geographically remote and in these circumstances I offer hourly telephone or email support. I do have a dedicated landline telephone number available for telephone sessions that are booked ahead of time.
There will be a charge for any appointments which you cancel at late notice-for whatever reason. If, for example, you cannot keep your regular weekly appointment , there will be a charge for that appointment in order to hold it for you for the next week. If you decide to end your therapy, I ask that you attend two sessions to integrate and close the work.
The first meeting lasts for half an hour and is free, with no obligation on either side.This gives you an opportunity to describe what you would like to get out of coming to therapy at this time, and to ask any questions that you may have about my approach, training or qualifications. If you are coming a long way I may be able to reserve time ( at my home practice) so that if we do decide to work together the first session can be held. It is important that we feel able to work together and it can be useful to have time and space to reflect on that before starting work together. Sometimes it may be that a colleague or another service may be more helpful for you and I may refer on.