Finding out more
You can call me for a preliminary telephone conversation on 07821 401791. This is a chance for us to have a brief talk with a view to meeting. There is no obligation to take it further.
The initial consultation
If we decide to meet, the next step is to arrange an initial consultation. This would take place in my consulting room. There will be time for you to tell me more about yourself and your difficulties. You can also ask any questions you may have. Whether you come with previous experience of psychotherapy or this is the first time you have looked into it, it is natural to be anxious at the outset. I will listen and share my reflections, I may also have some questions at this stage.
If we both think there is a potential for us to work together, it is usually helpful for you to come for a second consultation. This will give you time to reflect on the initial consultation and to find out how it is to come back. Within reason, the consultation process can continue for as long as necessary for you to reach a decision over starting regular sessions.
If you decide to begin psychotherapy we will agree regular times when I will be available for you to attend sessions. This is your time. I will encourage you to talk about whatever is on your mind and to allow your thoughts to unfold at their own pace. I will be guided by your process as well as my experience and training. Sessions are for your growth and development. Gradually, from one session to the next, there will be the opportunity to weave together a fuller picture of your inner world and how this shapes your experience of external realities.
Just as everyone is unique, every psychotherapy process will be different. The length of a psychotherapy varies according to what each individual wants from it. This may be support through a hard patch, when life events have thrown you off kilter, or coming to terms with more deep-seated problems that would benefit from the focus of regular sessions on a longer term basis.
Should you wish to stop it is advisable to meet for a number of sessions depending on the length and depth of the therapeutic relationship. The ending can be a valuable part of the process in itself.
The terms of engagement including time, money and confidentiality are in accordance with the professional bodies with which I am affiliated as well as what works for me.
My fee is £65 for 50 minutes. The initial consultation lasts for one and a quarter hours and I charge £95 accordingly. Further consultations and regular sessions are of 50 minutes duration and the fee for these is £65.
My consulting room is on the first floor and access is via a flight of stairs. There is on-street parking nearby which is free except between the hours of 10.30-11.30am. The location is well served by public transport.
And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to Blossom Risk, by Anais Nin