Frequently Asked Questions

What is an assessment?

The first consultation is also known as an assessment and is done before starting therapy. Here, I will ask more information about you, your reasons for coming to therapy and what you hope to gain from therapy. This is also an opportunity for you to reflect on whether you would like to work with me.

During this time we will think together about which modality better fits your needs and we will also agree collaboratively on the duration of therapy.

It can be difficult to predict how long therapy will take, it really depends on your needs, situation and story.

I usually allow for assessment two meetings of 50 minutes each.

My practice and Coronavirus

During these times of uncertainty brought by Coronavirus I think we will all to have to make some adjustments to our routines, so I have decided to also offer, aside from face to face psychotherapy, telephone and skype sessions as part of course of therapy. This to meet health, government and work and life requirements.

I believe that therapy is a safe space, and that it can also mean a ‘safe virtual space’ for us to explore about you and support you during a difficult time.

For more detailed information, please visit my Coronavirus page.

How do I know what is best between Counselling and CBT?

The way I work is to combine your needs and goals for therapy together with my experience, the most recent research, your preferences and life circumstances. During the first sessions we consider the way CBT and Counselling works. Then we think together taking into account all those elements and identify what may be more appropriate and effective for you.

How do I get started?

Just get in touch with me by dropping a mail or using this form Contact form.

You may wish to request an initial session of assessment, which usually takes 50 minutes.

I always aim to give a prompt reply. Please, should you not receive an immediate answer it is most probable that I am in a session with a client, therefore I will contact you back as soon as I can, and I aim to answer within 24 hours.

Is it confidential?

When you contact me, and discuss with me in sessions, all personal information is treated in the strictest confidence and stays confidential between us.

As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I have the obligation to meet a supervisor and discuss aspects of our work, but your identity will remain protected.

How I use your personal info is available in my Privacy Policy, more details about confidentiality are available in my Therapy Working Agreement

What about commitment?

Whatever therapy you might choose it will prove to be a big commitment. The investment you are doing is practical, emotional and economical.

It can be difficult to predict how long therapy will take, it really depends on your needs, situation and story.Time to time we may decide to touch base and review where we are.

We will usually work together for a minimum of 12 sessions.

  • Psychodynamic Short Term Counselling: an agreed set of sessions
  • Psychodynamic On-going Counselling: open ended amount of sessions
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy): usually 10 – 18 sessions

What if I cancel a session?

I have a 48-hour cancellation policy. I will endeavour to find an alternative place within the same week should you wish to and ask for it. If I am not able to offer an alternative time, the session will need to be paid in full.

If I am unwell or unable to attend the session, I will give you as much notice as possible and I will always aim to offer an alternative arrangement. Should I cancel our sessions you will not have to pay for them.

Any pre-therapy arranged holiday I will charge you half of the standard fee, those must be discussed at the beginning of therapy.

If I am unwell or unable to attend the session, I will give you as much notice as possible and I will always aim to offer an alternative arrangement. Should I cancel our sessions you will not have to pay for them.

This Policy will be part of our written Counselling agreement which we will discuss and countersign.

For how long should I attend sessions?

This is hard to say. The way I work is to put together the most recent research, your needs and goals for therapy together with my experience, your preferences and life circumstances. During the first session we think together putting all those elements together and we identify what may be more appropriate for you.
As a guidance, although this is not a conclusive response, we will usually work together for a minimum of 12 sessions. Although I also use the following ranking:

  • Psychodynamic Short Term Counselling: a an agreed set amount of sessions
  • Psychodynamic On-going Counselling: open ended amount of sessions
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy): usually  12 – 18 sessions

How long is each session and how frequent?

Each session lasts 50 minutes. Sessions are held once per week at the same time.

Therapeutic space accessibility

Please be aware that the space is at first floor of a building, this regretfully means that there are a few steps that would not make it friendly for a wheelchair user, whilst it will require some navigating for someone with other mobility difficulties.

Freedom to end

We will agree how long we will work together. We will usually work together for a minimum of 12 sessions, it is important that endings are planned in advance. You are free to leave therapy at any time and I would ask that you let me know with 3 weeks’ notice so that we can work towards an appropriate ending. I will agree to do the same should I have to terminate our sessions for some unforeseen reason.

If your circumstances change and this has an impact on our regular therapy (e.g. in needing to change the time of the sessions) I will try to accommodate the change.

Should you not attend two sessions consecutively without contacting me, I will assume that you do not wish to attend counselling anymore. I will send you an email to formalise the ending.

What about after therapy?

You are always welcome to come back for a one-off session or course of therapy, no matter how long it is since we worked together, subject to availability and new fees, if those have changed.

On social media

I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). Equally, I will not follow you in Twitter etc., I only follow health professionals. I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. You are welcome to view my Facebook Page or Twitter and share articles posted there. If there are things from your online life that you wish to share with me, those can be brought into our sessions where we can view and explore them together, during the therapy hour.


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