Where do you work from?
I work within a small suite of therapy rooms in a secluded gated mews off Borough High Street in Southwark. A very short walk brings you to London Bridge mainline and underground station, this provides easy access to Waterloo and central London.
How long does counselling or psychotherapy take?
It is difficult to predict how long counselling will take, as it very much depends upon the difficulty you are struggling with. Some people may feel that 6 or 8 sessions is sufficient other people may see a therapist for several years. If you continue to find our sessions beneficial and I feel that there is more work that we could do, then our work is likely to continue.
What sort of difficulties do people bring to you?
People come to see me with all sorts of worries. Sometimes they cannot think of a cause for the way they are feeling. They know that they are not enjoying life as much as they would like.
Some feel anxious and depressed. Others are concerned about their lack of confidence and self esteem, or there are relationship difficulties at home or work.
It may be, that something happened quite a long time ago, but thinking about it is still very difficult. Perhaps, childhood abuse or neglect or maybe a long term illness or trauma within the family.
Generally speaking there are several things that people want to talk about rather than one specific event or issue.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Different people use the words counselling and psychotherapy in different ways, so there is no commonly agreed definition. It is generally felt that a psychotherapist can offer more in-depth work where appropriate. The difference can also lie in the length and depth of training involved and in the quality of the relationship between the client and their therapist.
As a counsellor and psychotherapist I have undergone a five year training route and will spend time working with each individual to find the best way forward in each situation.
What happens next?
You can contact me by email or leave a message on my phone. Please be aware that my phone is often switched to silent. I will however, get back to you as soon as I can, by which ever method you indicate.
I offer an initial consultation with a fee of £50, for you to see how it might feel working with me. I can get to know you a little better and learn of your hopes and expectations of what therapy might bring. There is no obligation to continue after this initial meeting. However, If you decide that you would like to work with me, we would meet each week on a mutually convenient day and at a regular time, for 50 minutes.
How much will psychotherapy or counselling Cost?
My fees are £55 for the initial 50 minute consultation and for regular 50 minute weekly sessions.
You would need to pay the full fee for any missed or cancelled sessions.
I review my fee on an annual basis or, if your circumstances change we would discuss what you felt able to afford.
Is the information we discuss in sessions confidential?
Usually what we talk about in your therapy sessions is confidential, however there may be some circumstances when I feel concerned about your safety or the safety of others and in this case I would talk to another professional. I would always talk to you about this first.
What is the procedure if I do not want to continue having therapy?
I do not impose any notice period, should you decide for whatever reason that you do not wish to continue. I hope that you would feel able to talk about this with me in your session.