I see clients from 9:30am Monday to Wednesday. I offer supervision on Thursdays and I have no availability on Fridays.
INDIVIDUALS session fees (youth or adult):
- £70: for 50 minute sessions starting and ending between 9:30am and 5:30pm.
- £90: for 50 minute sessions which start and end between 5:30pm and 7:00pm
- Please contact me as to my availability and fee if you require a session time ending after 7:00pm
- I also offer EMDR in the above sessions. Longer EMDR session are 60 minutes (Day £85/ Evening £110) and 75 minutes (Day £105/ Evening £135) depending on how you respond to EMDR and whether longer or shorter sessions suit you
- Contact me for my fee if you are located outside the UK
SUPERVISION session fees:
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1. What is Integrative therapy?
There are many therapy modalities but no single approach suits all.
Integrative therapy blends different therapeutic theories & approaches to match my client individual's or my client couples' unique needs. The integrative therapy illustration on my Home page shows that I work with clients' feelings, intellect, behaviour and physiology to meet their needs.
This may sound "out there" but it does work!
2. How do I know if I can benefit from psychotherapy or counselling?
If you are troubled or your relationship feels in trouble, I offer my skills to support you, show you new perspectives, help lift the pressure you may feel, and to find your own better way of coping and changing so that life is more comfortable. I also offer structure and support for you through painful and difficult times.
Relieving this pressure leaves you with more energy to understand your experiences & explore your best way forward. Knowing that you are protected by confidentiality and that I do not judge you (or what you tell me) makes it easier for you to open up.
Regular sessions are often the only time that is entirely yours to explore your challenges.
I aim to provide you with a safe framework in which we explore your circumstances. In time, your self-awareness increases, as do your choices.
3. Does psychotherapy or counselling always help?
Both can help if you are committed to the process and your therapy goal is realistic. The more you commit and open up, the more likely you are to benefit. Benefitting from therapy means getting what you need.
While therapy is not an instant fix or cure, it can clarify & then help you resolve problems. I help you explore your issues from different perspectives. One view is NEVER the only view!
4. Are psychotherapy & counselling the same thing?
No. Psychotherapy training is considerably longer, deeper and more rigorous than counselling training. Both routes produce good and sub-optimal therapists.
Both support & help people with a wide range of issues which is why I refer to both as "therapists". Psychotherapy does this & drills deeper, helping you explore your learned & embedded challenges to helping you change those that challenge you. Psychotherapists are also trained to diagnose and work with personality disorders and to work appropriately with other mental health specialists to support their client.
With whomever you choose to work, what is vital is that you choose the right person to support you for a good therapeutic outcome. As I've already said - trust your "gut" on this!
5. How many therapy sessions do I need?
As an individual you can have as few as 4 to 6 sessions or as many sessions as feel comfortable for you and your needs. I work at YOUR pace. We review where you are from time to time. YOU decide when you have got what YOU need from our work together.
6. Why do therapists charge for their services if they want to help clients with mental health challenges?
Why does any professional charge for their services? Therapists are not the client's friend. They have studied long and hard, having paid a significant amount to be trained, to have clinical supervision, and to have personal therapy throughout their training as well as offering 4-5 years of free therapy in placements as part of that training. Once qualified, some psychotherapists work within the NHS or offer short term therapy through various IAPT services or private health care providers, like BUPA. Others, like me, offer open ended psychotherapy in a private practice, which is a business with considerable expenses to maintain, including ongoing personal clinical supervision, annual CPD training and, for some (including me), continued personal therapy.
Therapists do not just sit and listen to their clients. Their fee reflects their depth of experience and professionalism that can lead to a strong therapeutic bond, making it safer for their clients to share their fears and secrets. Under the therapist’s calm surface, they are considering, assessing, wondering, and analysing every nuance of their client’s words and behaviour. The therapist holds all of that and that’s exceptionally hard work which is why no professional therapist can see clients 20 hours a week, let alone 40 hours. If they did, they would burn out quickly and not be helpful to their clients.
The flip side of the above coin is the value a client places on their mental health and on themselves. They may consider that spending, say, £280 to £360 a month on therapy to be a luxury they cannot afford or an indulgence they cannot justify. In my experience clients who seek the cheapest possible therapy reflect the value they place on themselves and they do not put in the same effort as those clients who recognise the importance of paying properly for a therapist's expertise. The outside world picks up on that unspoken sense of low self-worth and treats them accordingly. Any therapist who offers low value therapy is also telling the world that they do not value themselves as a therapist.