Counselling & Psychotherapy for Individuals
Who I see
Some of the more severe problems for which people seek psychotherapy with me include PTSD, bipolar disorder, chronic, long term depression and severe childhood trauma.
The most common reasons people see me are stress, depression, anxiety, anger management, grief, past and recent trauma, relationship difficulties, sexual problems, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour and general, non-specific unhappiness.
I also provide counselling to those wishing to enrich their lives. For example by improving communication skills, developing emotional literacy, assertiveness or raising self esteem.
Your first session is an evaluation session. I will ask about your goals for therapy. I will also take a history and and few factual details about your current life. This is an evaluation session during which I will asses wether I am a suitable therapist for you and how I can best help you. It gives you the opportunity to decide wether you think I am the right therapist for you too. There is no obligation to continue past the first session. The fee for this session is the same as for follow up sessions.
If you do decide to continue, we will usually meet once a week, preferably at the same time each week (although this is not always possible, for example for people who do shift work or travel with their work). A session lasts for one hour.
How long will it take?
You can choose to go for a 'time limited' approach, were we decide at the outset how many counselling or psychotherapy sessions we will have together (ten sessions is common). This is a way of working that tends to be highly focused and can be very time effective. It has the advantage that you know the total cost at the outset. On the other hand, it can feel time pressured. In an 'open ended' approach, we decide not to limit the total number of sessions at the start of the process. This allows for longer, deeper work that may have more long lasting, life changing effects then brief counselling. If you decide on an 'open ended ' approach, you will decide when you feel ready to end.
£50 for sessions held between 9:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays.
£55 for evening and weekend sessions (this means sessions starting from 5:00pm or later on weekdays and for Saturday mornings).
Weekdays : 09:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Saturdays : 09:00 am to 12:00 noon.