Sessions will generally be held at the same time and place each week and will last around 50 minutes. You will be seated comfortably in a private room. During the first session I will talk through with you the terms of your working relationship, such as why sessions are held weekly (it provides you and the therapist with a container to make consistent progress within) and the cancellation policy.
“Tell me what you fear and I will tell you what has happened to you.”― Winnicott
Each client is different and brings their own issues to work through, so naturally each therapy session will be unique. Generally, during a session I will give you my full attention, encouraging you to talk about and explore your feelings and thoughts. These can be about about yourself, your relationships, and what you are presently finding challenging in your life. I will make sure I understand whatever you share, as well as give you space and silence to reflect. With your permission, I may also encourage to talk about your past memories and experiences including childhood. This allows me to recognise links between your present situation, or elements of your behaviour, and experiences in your past.
“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”
― David Richo
Later on, I may use particular techniques such as dream work or visualisation, creative work, or Gestalt Therapy, but this will depend on my understanding of your situation and needs, as well as your personal preference.
The First Meeting (The Assessment)
Every client requires a unique approach.. At the first meeting (called the "assessment"), we will decide together whether we want to work together, and if so, how. I will ask you a number of questions, some of which may seem very personal, but the more honest and open you are the greater the eventual benefit is likely to be for you. There will also be practical questions, such as details about your family, your past, your present situation and what you hope to achieve. You will be encouraged to ask questions.
Subsequent sessions will usually be weekly, on the same day and at the same time each week. Sessions are held either in Little Venice (Warwick Avenue W2, near Paddington Station) or Marlow, Bucks.
Once you have commenced therapy you will have started on a journey that may well change your life. Do not be impatient. Remember that you have spent a lifetime becoming the person that you are, and getting to this point in your life.
Therapy is a tool you can use to address whatever issues you may be facing, and a resource you can use to meet those challenges.
“It will happen, but will take time”
– John Bowlby
The fee payable for the first session ("the assessment") is £50 for each individual client.
The standard fees thereafter will be between £60 - £70 per session depending on the time of day for the regular appointment (evenings after 6 p.m. and weekend appointments are more expensive than daytime ones).
Fees for couples seeking relationship counselling are £80 for all sessions. Fees for group work will be notified to those participating prior to commencement of the group but are generally between £20 and £30 per session.
All sessions last a maximum of 50 minutes unless otherwise agreed. A discount may be available to psychotherapy students, members of equity, those serving with the emergency or armed services and those on low incomes.
"Loneliness does not come from having
no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that
are important to you.” ― Carl Jung
A discount of 2.5% may be available where it is agreed that a minimum of 10 sessions are paid for in advance in one payment.
Payment is in cash, cheque or electronic transfer the day prior to the session. I regret that I do not accept credit or debit cards although direct bank transfers may be agreed to provided that the transfer is made the working day prior to the agreed session.
Fees are reassessed in January of each year (next review: January 2018) but are subject to review at any time. Any alteration in fees will be notified to you in advance.
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ― Carl Jung