What are your fees?
- My current fees are £70 per session (including the assessment session) for individuals and £80 per session for couples. Payment is accepted by cash at the end of each session or via bank transfer or PayPal before each session. Unfortunately I do not have the facilities to accept debit or credit card payments.
- I do have a limited number of daytime appointments at a reduced fee for students, trainees and those on a lower income. There is usually a waiting list, but please contact me for further details.
Where are you located?
- I see clients for face-to-face sessions in my practice in Central London (Victoria).
- My practice is centrally located in Victoria, SW1 and is very convenient for public transport. Victoria and Pimlico Underground Stations are less than a 10 minute walk; taxis and buses are plentiful and the area is well supplied with parking meters. It is not within the congestion charging zone.
- I am also conveniently located for those living and working in areas such as the West End, the City, Holborn, Chelsea, Battersea, Clapham and Westminster.
- My Central London location means that clients are able to attend therapy on their way to work, in their lunch hours, in the evenings or at any time in between (subject to availability).
- I am also available to see clients via Skype for online video sessions.
- Psychotherapy sessions are 50 minutes long and are regular weekly appointments.
- Appointments are weekly in order to give some momentum to the therapeutic process and to offer a sense of continuity and security whilst working on emotional difficulties.
What happens in sessions?
- The normal format of a session is a conversation in which you are free to speak about whatever you wish in complete confidence in a safe, non-judgemental, unbiased, constructive setting.
- I respond in a way which then leads us to explore more fully and deeply the issues you wish to focus on and look for patterns, insights and perspectives which may not have occurred to you when thinking about these things by yourself. I will help you to make more sense of your life.
- We will work at a pace and depth which you dictate, but I will always encourage you to move forward and expand your 'comfort zones' when this is appropriate. Together we will seek to discover your hidden strengths. However I will also bring your attention to any areas which I feel you may be avoiding and we can explore these together when you feel ready
- My aim is to help you to let go of old, outmoded, unhelpful coping strategies which may be holding you back and are no longer relevant. In their place we will construct better tools and knowledge for moving forward and which are suitable for the authentic you in the here and now.
- I may at times set you some 'homework' or suggest that you experiment with new behaviours or keep a track of your thoughts or feelings between our sessions. Whether you wish to do this is up to you however.
- Much will depend on the issues you bring, the goals we set and the way we work together.
- Ultimately, as you take more control of your life, we will work to ensure that you have the tools and strategies to prevent reoccurence of your previous problems.
How long will therapy last?
- Many clients naturally ask the question "How long will therapy last?". Therapy can last from a few months to several years.
- Much depends on the depth and nature of the issues that you wish to work on. However, I believe that you will know when you have reached the goals we have worked towards and feel secure enough to finish therapy. My job is to help you reach that stage and end our work together in a considered way.
- Some clients like to take a 'break' from therapy for a time or return for a few 'refresher' sessions after we have formally ended therapy. I am quite open to this and we can always discuss when it is relevant.
Is everything I say confidential?
- Apart from professional requirements and exceptions concerning safety, everything that I am told by clients is completely confidential.
- As part of my ongoing professional development and to ensure consistently high standards, I have a supervisor who monitors my work with clients. I discuss each of my clients with this supervisor, but would not normally divulge their identity.
- If, in my professional judgement, you become a serious risk to yourself or to others, I reserve the right to confer with your GP or other professionals, but only after making every effort to discuss this with you first.
- I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and work within their Code of Ethics.
Do you offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
- Many clients have heard something about CBT and I am often asked questions about this approach, so I have endeavoured to set out my views regarding the use of CBT within my practice.
- As an integrative psychotherapist, I will often use CBT tools and ideas within my integrative approach, since I have found them particularly useful for many clients in offering significant symptom relief, especially at the beginning of therapy.
- For a number of therapeutic issues, this level of intervention may be appropriate and sufficient. However, in my experience, although CBT interventions may relieve symptoms for a while, usually the quality of a person's life and their emotional/psychological structures do not change significantly. People may then realise that there is more that needs to be done - that longer term, deeper work is necessary for the lasting, profound changes they wish to make in their lives.
- Medication is often suggested as the magic solution to all kinds of psychological issues and problems. My view is that whilst medication can sometimes enhance the effectiveness of psychotherapy and at other times is a necessary compenent of psychotherapy, it is rarely sufficient in itself to achieve lasting change.
- Many problems which bring people into therapy - difficulties with relationships, loss of a loved one, problems with anger or lack of meaning and purpose in life - may not be significantly helped by medication, let alone be cured by a pill. Medication can sometimes help people feel better, but rarely changes what their lives are like. Medication cannot create self-reflection and self-understanding.
- However, medication can shift mood and enhance the capacity for thinking, often necessary for a person to be able to enter therapy at all. It can make it easier to think and help restore a fuller range of emotions.