Appointments and Fees
Free 30 minute initial session
The thirty minute session I offer free of charge allows you to come and meet with me and see how you feel about having counselling. If you do not want to work face to face we can have this half hour session by telephone or Skype. You can use this initial meeting to tell me why you are seeking counselling, ask me any questions you need to or just try out a short counselling session. This exploratory session can help you make a decision about whether to begin counselling or psychotherapy and gives you an opportunity to discover if you feel comfortable working with me. The rapport and resonance you feel with a therapist and the setting or medium in which the counselling takes place is important, what might feel right for one person, will not for another, so please ask for this free appointment, which is offered without any obligation.
Phone 07982 602229 or 01202 473715 or use Contact Me to send message
When we meet up for the first time, if you do want to continue straight away after your free half hour appointment and have a one hour session you can do so (this one hour assessment session would be charged for, see Fees below). Having a ninety minute appointment gives time for a detailed and thorough assessment.
When we have had a first thirty minute meeting and/or assessment session, we would meet up once a week initially and each session lasts for one hour. At the end of your assessment session however, if either of us feel any concerns about this being the right type of help or whether I am the right therapist for you to work with, we will discuss this and it could be that an appropriate referral of different type of therapy or help could be more beneficial. We will decide on the way we will work together, my assessment of your therapeutic needs will be based on your presenting problem as well as the complexity and depth of your historical issues and the extent to which these have been addressed or worked through. Whatever is decided initially, we will be reviewing the therapeutic work together regularly and the way of working can be changed, if needed or necessary.
Face to face, telephone or Skype?
Counselling or Psychotherapy? Short term/long term/open-ended?
Counselling can be from a few sessions up to a few months in duration, it is more short-term and the work will have a more cognitive element and will focus on a particular issue or problem you want help with. Psychotherapy is a longer term, open ended way of working which is helpful for more deep rooted problems and difficulties which have been affecting you for some time. Open ended psychotherapy can last from six months to a year and sometimes is engaged in for longer, depending on the depth of the work needed. Childhood abuse, for example can have very debilitating and damaging consequences which take time to work through. Whichever way you decide to work you are always in control of the ending and can stop your counselling or psychotherapy at any time, although it is always beneficial to have some time to prepare for ending and to work towards it.
If you think you would feel anxious about only having a set number of sessions available to you and would focus too much on the coming ending, an open ended arrangement might suit you better. Some people work better this way and find having the ending in sight from the start affects the process negatively. For others, having a known ending date or set amount of sessions feels more comfortable, as it creates a definite time scale and structure for the work. We can either decide from the outset to have short term counselling of a specific duration, or to review the work after a set number of sessions and then work towards ending over an agreed period of time. Or we can have an open-ended relationship where we review the work together regularly and you decide when you feel ready to end. A lot depends on what you are bringing to therapy and what you want from it, everyone is unique and your experiences and the way they have affected you are also. Psychotherapy can help with deep rooted, long-standing problems and very traumatic experiences as far back as early childhood which still continue to have a detrimental impact your life and relationships and for which short term counselling may not be effective.
Once we have established a good working alliance, if you need to change to meeting fortnightly or even monthly this can be discussed and implemented if it would not negatively affect the therapeutic work at that stage. A short term counselling contract of eight to twelve sessions should ideally be on a weekly basis but when working longer term, after a few months some people find that less frequent sessions are needed or psychotherapy can be gradually ended by coming fortnightly or monthly.
I offer a free initial consultation of half an hour
My fees are £50 a session for individuals, £60 for couples and are for one hour (not 50 minute sessions)
I have a limited amount of concessionary spaces available for those who cannot afford private counselling at the full fee due to difficult financial circumstances. These are not externally funded and I can only offer a few spaces, as the cost is met by myself.
If I have any any spaces available, we will discuss your financial circumstances and therapeutic needs. If you are financially eligible and I feel you will benefit from the type of therapeutic work I offer, we can make a date for your sessions to begin. If however, I feel I cannot offer you a space within my practice and that accessing Steps to Wellbeing (NHS) or a different funded or charitable low cost therapy service is more appropriate for you, I will let you know. If you are eligible for some lower cost therapy with myself, it will be for eight sessions and at the sixth session we will review the work ready for the ending. It may be possible, in some circumstances to extend the sessions and do some further therapeutic work, up to a maximum of twenty four in total. This will depend on the depth of issues we are working on, your engagement in the therapeutic process and my assessment as to whether or not doing this with myself will be beneficial.
If you feel you might qualify please ask about this when we meet for the first time during the initial free introductory meeting.
If I do not have any spaces left I might be able put you on my waiting list but there may not be a space available for up to six months.
Lower cost sessions are only available between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm Monday to Thursday but are dependent on eligibility and availability.
If I do not have any concessionary spaces currently available I can give you information on organisations I know of which offer low cost or free counselling to which you can self refer.
Investing in yourself and future well-being
The investment you make when choosing to engage in counselling or psychotherapy is one you are making in yourself and is a commitment to positive change and personal growth. If you are having difficulties with one or two areas of your life which you would like to improve or struggling with deeper rooted personal issues or unresolved trauma from the past and feel you need a confidential, professional relationship to work things out, try having an initial assessment session to see how you feel before making any commitment to therapy.