Frequently Asked Questions

What are your fees?

My standard fee is £55 for a session (50 minutes).

I set aside a small number of my practice for concessionary rates for students and individuals on lower incomes (proof might be required). The lower-cost session fee is £40 for a 50-minute session. All lower-cost places are currently full

There is no fee for the initial 15-minute telephone/video chat.

Why is Private Therapy so Expensive?

Therapists are required to undergo years of training and complete a variety of assessments before they can become qualified and start their own practice. Education courses can become costly, and many therapists and counsellors choose to expand their skills with further training following their initial qualifications.

What is your cancellation and late policy?

A 48 hours (2 working days) notice of cancellation is expected. This would allow me to offer your cancelled time slot to another client on my waiting list who is waiting for an appointment. 

If you are unable to give me advance notice you will be charged the full amount of your appointment.

Arriving late.

Appointment times have been arranged specifically for you. If you arrive late your session will be shortened and will end at the usual end time so I can accommodate others whose appointments follow yours. Depending on how late you arrive, we will then determine if there is enough time remaining to start a session. Regardless of the length of the session actually given, you will be responsible to pay for the full session.

Ethics and codes of practice

I am registered and subscribe to a code of ethics and good practice laid down by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I am fully insured and supported by regular clinical supervision.

Confidentiality

I provide a confidential service. This means that sessions will not be discussed with anyone. There are, however, some exceptions:
I may discuss work with a supervisor to ensure good practice.
I would be required to provide copies of case notes or to appear in person if ordered to do so by a law enforcement.
Any electronic communication, be it text or email, will be with your consent.  You can withdraw consent at any time.

Data Protection

Any records and personal data I maintain about clients is minimal. 
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and I am GDPR compliant.

Equality commitment

I practice in a non-discriminatory, non-judgemental, way and I am inclusive and respectful of diversity such as gender, age, disability, ethnicity, religion, culture or sexual orientation.

Do you work with children, adolescents and couples?

No, I only work with individual adult clients.

Do you provide online therapy sessions?

I have completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance and offering online sessions as an alternative to the face to face sessions. I do not, however, hold a full certificate in online therapy. Online sessions are provided by zoom (end to end encrypted safe platform).

How many sessions will I need?

I work with both short term or longer term approach. The overall number of sessions depends on the nature, severity and extent of your problems. It is also determined by how long you want to take it. Some people achieve the results they want in just a few weeks, others may take months or even years. It is important that we go at the pace that suits you. We would discuss the expected length of therapy during the initial couple of sessions.

How to contact you?

If you would like to book an initial session, or require further information, please feel free to email leave a message on 01615240472 or complete the contact form.