Our first meeting is mutual opportunity to see how comfortable we would feel working together. You can acquaint me with your issues and circumstances, I will explain my promise of confidentiality and offer a flavour of what sessions with me would be like, and we will discuss if counselling or psychotherapy would be appropriate in your instance.
Although you are welcome to do so, you need not decide about entering into counselling/psychotherapy with me by the end of this initial consultation; take some time and contact me again later in the week if you wish.
If we decide to continue we will establish a regular day and time to meet each week and set a fee relative to your income and circumstances.
If, for whatever reason, we decide not to continue in therapy together, I am happy to suggest a referral to another practitioner or organisation.
Sessions last 50 minutes. Typically we will meet once a week, at the day and time decided following our initial consultation. In some circumstances twice weekly sessions may be advisable; moving from once to twice weekly sessions is a decision we will make together and enter into only if we both feel it appropriate to do so.
From our initial consultation, we will have some idea as to whether we are entering into a short term counselling or a longer term therapy.
Short term counselling is best suited for focus on one or two issues and typically means our sessions will last anywhere up to 20 sessions.
Longer term therapy is more appropriate if there are a number of issues to consider. Long term work may seem a daunting idea, but a deep and fulfilling exploration of the many influences on our lives takes time and patience. Only by forging a relationship between us and making a collaborative effort toward a greater understanding can any real value be found.
£50-70 per session
Fee is negotiated relative to your income and circumstances and will be set
at the end of our first meeting, or at the start of our second session.
Health Insurance (PruHealth, WPA, Aviva):
Your Health Insurer must first approve your therapy. On approach to your insurer
tell them you nominate me as your practitioner.