Frequently asked questions

Please click on the link below for answers to questions often asked about my services.

What is an initial assessment?

The initial assessment is an opportunity for us to meet each other and for you to tell me about your concerns.  It is also an opportunity to see if we develop a rapport and feel we could be comfortable working together.  to  At the end of the initial assessment we can decide whether further assessment is required and if relationship and/or psychosexual therapy might be appropriate.  There are no guarantees with any kind of therapy that problems will improve but very often just being able to talk through your worries with an experienced empathetic professional is very helpful.  By attending the initial assessment you are under no obligation to enter into therapy with me.   It may be that another kind of therapeutic work is more appropriate and/or a medical examination or tests.   In this case I will refer you to an appropriate source  for help and support.

I will never ask you to do anything physical in the therapy room but I may ask you to do some behavioural exercises in the privacy of your home.

How long do sessions last?

Therapy sessions last 50 minutes but can be extended to 75 minutes for couples by arrangement.  If you arrive late for a session your session time can not be extended and you will be expected to pay the full fee.  

 

How Many Session Will I Need?

The pace at which people feel comfortable to work influences the numbers of sessions required.  After the initial assessment a plan will be discussed in consultation with the client.  This could involve long or short term work.  If, while working together, I have concerns that therapy is not being productive or helpful I will raise this with you and we will make a decision about whether it might be valuable to consider a different way of working or referring on.  You are, of course, able to stop therapy at any time.   I usually start by seeing clients weekly.

I will try and accommodate all clients’ needs including those with irregular work schedules, those doing shift work etc. depending on appointment availability.  

What about fees?

Fees are between £75.00 and £105 depending on day, time and location and whether an individual or couple are attending. Extended couple therapy appointments of 75 minutes are charged at £120.00.  Concessionary rates are available for appointments between 10am and 2pm on Mondays. Payment is expected at the time of the appointment in cash, by cheque or bank transfer. Payment is required if less than one week cancellation notice is given and a convenient alternative appointment time is not available.  If a client is late for an appointment the time can not be made up and full payment for the appointment booked will be due. Skype and phone sessions are payable in advance by bank transfer.

Please enquire about supervision and consultancy fees.

Consulting room

I see clients in three locations., Highgate, Islington and Euston.  See appointments and contact tab for more information.

What if I have an illness or disability and can’t get to your location?

If you are unable to travel due to illness or disability, I can make arrangements to see you at a convenient location.  This will need to be by special arrangement and would incur travel costs.  

Supervision, Consultancy and Training

I am a COSRT accredited supervisor and supervise clinicians within the NHS and privately.  Please enquire about consultancy, supervision and training fees.  See Supervision, Consultancy and Training tab.

 

What about Confidentiality?

I abide by the COSRT ethical guidelines. I keep notes for my information only and discuss clients in supervision anonymously.  I will only ever consult a colleague if I am concerned that a client is placing him/herself or someone else as risk of serious harm.

If I run into clients outside the consulting room I will respect their privacy and not acknowledge them unless they acknowledge me first.  I do not enter into social network contact with clients or ex clients.

 

 

How do I make and initial enquiries?

I welcome enquiries by phone or email.

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or phone 07766331845

If you contact me by phone and I am unable to answer, please let me know some convenient times for you to receive a call back and your telephone number.  I will try to return calls and emails within 48 hours.

Do you have a waiting room?

I do not have a waiting room in Highgate or Islington so I ask that clients don’t arrive early at these locations.  There are a number of pleasant cafes a couple of minutes walk away from both locations where you can wait if you do arrive before your appointment time.