How do I start therapy with you?
Getting started is easy because you can confirm your appointment online whenever you’re ready. There are two ways to get started:
- Book a free 30 minute phone consultation: Speaking on the phone before meeting in person helps you decide if starting therapy with me feels right for you.
- Book a 50 minute face to face initial consultation: Meeting face-to-face gives you a first-hand experience of working with me and helps you see if we have a connection.
You decide after speaking with me and learning about the way I work if you would like to start therapy with me.
How long do I have to wait before getting an appointment?
You can view all available appointments quickly and easily online. Usually, you can secure an appointment as early as the next day or within one week.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, you do not need a referral from your GP to access private counselling and psychotherapy. However, if you have a letter from your GP, you can bring any relevant documents with you when we meet face-to-face in our initial consultation. I am a private therapist which means you can start therapy with me without being directly referred by your GP.
How long is a therapy session and how many sessions do I need to attend?
A therapy session lasts for 50 minutes and starts on the hour. Therapy with me takes place weekly on the same day, time and location. In therapy, consistency is key and attending regularly helps you feel more emotionally stable, supported and grounded. For therapy to be effective, it takes time to build trust, to learn about your history and current situation, and to understand your experiences from your point of view.
Depending on the number of issues, the complexity of your situation, and how deep you want to explore these issues, we can work short-term (from a few months) or long-term (to a year or more).
What is the cost of therapy? How do I pay for therapy?
The initial cost for our first meeting is £60. This one-off payment is made by card or PayPal when booking your initial consultation.
Further sessions cost £70 per session. When you become a regular client, payments are made on a monthly basis by bank transfer.
Do you take private health insurance?
I am not a provider for private health insurance companies and am considered an out-of-network provider. Private health insurance companies often require individuals seeking mental health support to have a referral from their GP. Due to their strict rules around the length of treatment and referral criteria, this limits the number of sessions covered and types of issues I can work with.
Paying for private therapy is a personal investment. Working directly with me means your sessions will be completely confidential. You will not be labelled or judged for your reasons for attending therapy.
I only want one session. Can therapy help me?
The first session is just the beginning and an important step. In this initial consultation meeting (known as an assessment), I learn about your reasons for seeking therapy and we establish how best to work together to meet your individual needs. For therapy to be effective, it takes more than one session to feel better and to see real change.
I cannot afford therapy. Can you reduce the cost or number of sessions?
Yes, from time to time, I offer discounts and share this on my social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Currently, I do not offer any ongoing concessionary or reduced rates except to members who are Blue Light Card holders: 20% off the initial consultation, and 10% off all subsequent therapy sessions.
The therapy I offer requires ongoing weekly commitment for treatment to be effective. For best results, therapy is scheduled regularly, and we minimise large gaps and waiting times between sessions, especially at the start of therapy.
Therapy is a financial commitment. It is also a personal investment in yourself and your mental health.
I have a busy work schedule. Can you work around my schedule?
Yes, I offer a flexible way of working that allows you to schedule your appointments face-to-face, by phone or video. When we agree to work together, we first agree on the best day and time that works for you. Understandably, different situations may come up from time to time where you may need an alternative appointment.
Therapy is a time commitment. Dedicating space and time for yourself helps you create more space in your mind and in your life.