What to Expect

INITIAL CONSULTATION


The initial consultation is an opportunity for us to meet and talk about your concerns, whether as an individual or a couple. It will also allow us to think together about whether you will find therapy useful, in view of your emotional and psychological needs, as well as more practical considerations.


For Individual Therapy: I recommend one initial consultation, with the possibility of a follow-up consultation if indicated.


For Couples Counselling: I offer to meet with couples for up to three initial consultations to allow more time and space for each of you, individually and together, to discuss your concerns.



SESSIONS


Sessions are 50 minutes and we meet once-weekly at a fixed time to be agreed together.


In sessions, we will attend to the issues and concerns that you wish to discuss, at your own pace. Whether you come to your sessions on your own or with a partner, we will work together to understand what feels difficult or disappointing and to seek more creative ways forward.



FEES & PAYMENT


My fees reflect my specialist training and experience in working with individuals and couples. Please contact me to discuss them further.


If appropriate, I can offer a 15 minute phone consultation free of charge for us to discuss your situation and questions.



CANCELLATIONS


The time and the room are reserved for your weekly appointment; missed sessions will incur a fee. 


If there is a mutually convenient time to reschedule a missed session, I will endeavour to do so. Please be aware that this may not always be possible in which case missed sessions incur a fee. 


If I cancel a session, you will of course not be charged. I will give you advance notice of any upcoming breaks or holidays, typically at Christmas, Easter and during the summer period.



CONFIDENTIALITY


I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I adhere to their code of ethics and professional standards (BACP Ethical Guidelines). Confidentiality is key and I would not disclose information about you to a third party without your permission unless there was a serious concern about harm to yourself or someone else. I would endeavour to discuss such concerns with you beforehand.


For couples seen together, the expectation would be that information can be shared between you. 


If you have any questions about confidentiality, we can discuss them together in your sessions.


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