How often are the sessions?
Sessions are held weekly and I usually try to arrange sessions at the same time and day each week, as I find that this gives structure and consistency to the therapeutic work. Some clients ask if they can have fortnightly sessions but I find that this disrupts the momentum of therapy and can be much less effective. I understand the demands that many people have on their time and I can therefore sometimes offer skype and telephone sessions if necessary.
What time are sessions?
Sessions are 50 minutes long and I currently have availability on Monday mornings between 8am and 12pm and Friday afternoons.
What if I need to cancel a session?
If you are unable to attend an appointment, please let me know as soon as you can. Appointments that are cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will still be charged in full. If you arrive late for an appointment, we will still end at the usual time.
What are the fees?
We can agree on payment method during our first session. Please contact me to discuss fees.
What will happen in the first session?
The first session will be an initial assessment session, which will allow us to talk through your current needs and reasons for attending therapy. I understand that meeting a therapist for the first time can be a daunting experience, as it means allowing yourself to be vulnerable and open up about experiences which may be painful or distressing. I acknowledge the courage it takes to begin this process and I will do my best to put you at your ease. We will also discuss which model of therapy might work best for you and whether short term or long term therapy might be most appropriate to address your needs.
It is essential that you feel comfortable with the person you choose as your therapist, so an important part of this initial session will be for you to determine whether we are a good fit as therapist and client and whether we both think that working together will be helpful for you. During this session, we will also agree on the administrative details such as payment of fees.
There is no obligation beyond this first session, so if you feel that we are not a good fit or that on reflection this is not the right time for you to engage in therapy and you no longer wish to attend, then this is entirely fine and you can let me know via email.