Continuity and regularity are crucially important in psychotherapy and the minimum recommended frequency of sessions is therefore once a week. Some people find however that if possible and affordable, more frequent sessions are really helpful and allow us to work more quickly and at greater depth.
It is difficult to say at the outset how long being in therapy will or should last. Although from experience I usually prefer to work open-ended, I’m happy to discuss fixed term contracts of anything from six sessions as necessary. Open-ended therapy can vary from a few months to several years and the timing of the ending would ideally be discussed and agreed between us in advance.
People’s circumstances vary hugely and therefore fees are always negotiable. I do not charge for the initial consultation, and this session can last for between an hour and 75 minutes. Thereafter, my standard fees for regular 50-minute sessions are between £45 and £75, although I sometimes have sessions available at reduced cost for those on lower incomes.
Appointments are usually available afternoons and evenings, to fit in with you wherever possible. If you have to cancel or miss a session that we have not been able to rearrange that week, then that session will be charged for. This reflects my commitment to keep your time available for you on our regular, agreed basis.
My aim as a Psychotherapist is to offer a consistent, safe and private space in which you would feel able to talk about whatever is on your mind. Building and maintaining trust and strict confidentiality are essential prerequisites to this, and so I attach the highest importance to maintaining strict privacy with respect to all aspects of the therapy. The only circumstance in which disclosure of information to a third party would even be considered is where the person coming to therapy or another person is seriously thought to be at severe risk, and even then this would always be discussed first. Any information disclosed would be limited to the absolute minimum necessary for the safety of the patient or other person.
Code of Ethics
All of my work is covered by the Code of Ethics of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.