What are your qualifications?
I hold a diploma in Psychotherapy and an MSc in Humanistic Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute in London. (Validated by Middlesex University.) I am a registered member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and as such I abide by their code of ethics and professional practice. I am appropriately insured and work under regular supervision.
Prior to training as a therapist, I worked in mental health services for the NHS for 12 years, working both in the community and on inpatient wards.
Can you help me?
I believe that therapy can bring change, peace of mind and greater understanding of ourselves. However, I cannot tell you what to do or make changes for you. Rather, we will work together to explore what you need and I will support you to make changes if you decide that is right for you.
How much do you charge?
I charge £65 per 50 minute session to be paid in either cash or bank transfer prior to the session.
What can I expect from the first session?
It is understandable to be apprehensive about your first session. The most important thing is for us to get to know each other and for me to start to understand what brings you to therapy and what you need. During our first meeting, I will take some details about your history and experiences so I can start to understand what you want to work on, but there is no expectation to go into detail or to disclose deep feelings at this early stage, until you are ready.
However, it is crucial that the therapist you choose is someone that you feel comfortable with and ‘gets you’. It has been proven that, regardless of the type of qualification or length of experience the therapist has, the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most vital aspect for effective therapy. You may decide that I am not the right therapist for you, and that is ok.
How long do I need therapy for and how often?
The short answer is, as long as is necessary. Some people find that a few sessions is enough to gain clarity, others find that they need longer. There is no ‘right’ amount of sessions but it is something we can discuss at the start of therapy and review as we work together.
Each session lasts 50 minutes. You will have the same day and time each week (with some exceptions, for example shift workers) and it is recommended that you have regular weekly sessions.
Is what I tell you confidential?
I will never discuss what we talk about with anyone else, with some exceptions:
What is supervision?
I meet regularly with a highly experienced supervising psychotherapist to make sure I continue to work ethically and to a high standard. I talk with my supervisor about my client work but my supervisor does not know your identity (just your first name) and is bound by the same code of ethics and confidentiality as I am.