To begin with I offer a free telephone conversation or a free informal meeting which generally last for about 30 minutes. The aim is for us to talk and for you to get a better sense of how it would be to work with me. If either of us doesn’t think the ‘fit’ is right, or I think you need a more specialised service, then I will try my best to signpost you to another therapist or service.
If we both agree to move forward then I will suggest we have an assessment. I offer this at a reduced rate, as I believe it is really important and is the starting point of our work together, it will take about an hour and a half. The assessment gives us an opportunity to focus on you and get a detailed knowledge of your life story. During this process you will understand better how I work and what I think would be beneficial for you. As always our working together is a collaborative process so we will always work together on what feels right for you.
We will discuss time frames and possible outcomes. I tend to work in 6-week blocks. If you think you would like to work with me then we will contract for an initial 6 weeks and then re assess what you want to do next. If after 6 weeks you decide that you only need another one or two sessions, then we can work within that time frame.
Some clients are happy with 6 sessions and end their therapy with their initial goals achieved. Sometimes those same clients will contact me many months later for additional sessions. Alternatively, some clients attend weekly for months or even years. There is no set timetable, we work with what is appropriate for you at that time.
Clinical assessments can be quite exhausting as you will have shared a lot of your issues and history. You may want to go away and think about what we have discussed and your commitment to therapy , or you may want to book your first session and get started.
Sometimes, clients can negotiate with their employers to pay for, or part pay for, their therapy. I can help facilitate that process if you need me to.
|Initial Telephone Call or informal meeting||Free|
|Clinical Assessment (1.5 hours)||£50 (reduced rate)|
|Block of 6 sessions paid in advance |
(reduced to £50 per session)