I have a busy schedule. Can you work around my schedule?
Yes, I have experience working with people who lead busy lives. As such, 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 suits you. Therapy is most effective when you attend your sessions regularly and consistently. 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.
Who benefits from therapy?
Anyone can benefit from therapy especially when they feel ready to receive the help made available to them.
When you work with me, I take the time to listen carefully to your unique story so that I can understand what it is you need help with, and to understand what you think will help you the most. Some people want help to deal with their immediate situation and want to take away something concrete, like learning new skills and coping techniques. Other people want help to understand the deeper reasons that drive them to think, feel and act a certain way. To them, help means gaining more insight and a new perspective to their situation. To benefit from therapy and to see long-lasting change, I help my clients work on a deeper level. When you understand yourself on a deeper level, you can make better choices in life.
I help people who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I tend to work with adults who juggle a lot in work and in life. The people I help may also work in helping professions (such as first responders, health and social care professionals, and other coaches, counsellors and therapists).
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). Most clients I work with want to work deeper to understand what may be at the core of their issues. Therapy can go beyond fire fighting your immediate problems. In fact, therapy can be a space just for you, as part of your ongoing personal development. Depending on your personal circumstance and your profession (especially if you work in the helping profession), you may even consider therapy as part of your regular self-care routine to maintain good mental health.
What if 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.
How do I know when therapy is working? When will I start feeling better?
The success of therapy depends on many factors. Most of the time, success is measured by how you feel.
Aside from your mood, you may notice yourself thinking differently, feeling less worried and more confident in yourself. You may also notice changes in how you view work and life even though the situation you’re in may not have changed much. You may find yourself more open to sharing and connecting with others, therefore improving your relationships and drawing from support and other resources in your life. From just one session, you may feel better just knowing you can talk to someone and not be alone. Of course, for bigger and more permanent shifts in mindset and confidence, it takes time to absorb and take ownership of new learning.
What type of therapy is right for me?
I have different services to help meet the different needs that may apply to you. People who come to me for support often need regular and open-ended support, and are able to commit to travelling weekly to one of my offices in Angel or Farringdon. Most people juggle work, study, family and other social commitments. This means I work with people who have busy lives, and therefore, often face multiple issues at once. People who tend to reach out to me usually want help with past or current trauma, stress and burnout, relationship issues, and difficulties with communication or self-expression. I offer different services that address these various issues. However, I am not restrictive and tend to blend my therapy approaches to meet the unique needs of each client. This means you can talk about anything and we can work more freely.
The most important thing is that you feel comfortable with me.
What is Dramatherapy?
On my website, you may have read that I am a Dramatherapist and that I offer Dramatherapy for adults. Dramatherapy is a type of counselling and psychotherapy that uses creative techniques to help you overcome a number of difficulties in life. Dramatherapy is known to help with communication and self-expression. This way of working is particularly helpful to those who find it difficult to express their emotions and what it is they would like to say in words. This type of therapy is also very helpful for people who want to gain deeper insight about themselves and their situation. In Dramatherapy, you will likely learn some practical life skills and social skills that can help you connect better with others and with yourself.
Do I have to have PTSD to benefit from Trauma Counselling?
No, you do not need to have PTSD to benefit from trauma counselling. People who seek help often come to me independently from their GP. You can get help even if you do not have a formal diagnosis of PTSD. Some clients who seek help for their anxiety and depression, later learn that these symptoms are rooted in earlier experiences of trauma. No problem is deemed too big or too small for you to access trauma therapy.
Where is your session located?
My offices are based in Central London in EC1. Counselling in Angel and Farringdon is made easy for you to get to and from your sessions. Being centrally located and close to major train links means you can travel quickly to your next destination.
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 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.
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. 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 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 am interested in working with you and for you to help my team. Do you provide in-house consultancy, training or therapy to organisations?
Yes, I can provide in-house consultancy and training, and it is always possible to create bespoke therapeutic packages for your organisation. Please send me an e-mail with an outline of your request so that I have an understanding of the type and level of support required. Please note that the fees will be different to the prices set for private individual therapy held in my offices, and will therefore be adjusted accordingly to reflect the needs of your project and for the bespoke creation of the service you require.
How do I get started?
Getting started is easy because you can confirm your appointment online whenever you’re ready. There are two options for getting 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. OR,
- 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.