This website is for the purpose of giving information about my psychotherapy practice and to facilitate making contact with me. I do not collect any data from this website.
If you make contact with me via or because of this website I will hold your contact details (this might be your name, email address, phone number) for as long as your enquiry continues, after which I will delete the information. I will not pass this information to anyone else without your explicit permission.
If we discuss entering into an agreement to work together I will explain to you at the outset how I manage your personal data, what I keep and for how long. I will ask for your explicit permission to hold information about you and I will explain the rights you have in regard to this including the right to refuse permission.
Please feel free to send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do my best to respond promptly. Some questions about my practice are answered below.
How much do you charge?
£65 per session. This includes the first meeting. Sessions which are not planned on a regular basis may be charged differently. Reduced fees are sometimes available; please ask.
What is your policy for missed or cancelled sessions?
I make it a priority to negotiate and maintain regular meetings and psychotherapy is a commitment on both sides. Once we have agreed to meet regularly, sessions missed without notice or cancelled at very short notice must be paid for in full. If you give me 2 weeks notice that you cannot attend a session I will not charge you for it under any circumstances. I aim to offer flexibility and compassion, so if you wish I will try to reschedule your session if something unavoidable comes up for you at short notice. The more notice you can give me the more likely it is that rescheduling is possible and the less likely it will be that I ask you to pay for missed sessions.
What if I want to stop?
You will be free to end your therapy at any time. It usually feels more satisfactory if the process of ending is negotiated and agreed in advance. I will give you my honest opinion on ending therapy but I will not try to hold you longer than you wish to remain.
What if I don't like it?
First of all, tell me; your feedback will be helpful. It may be that I am missing something, or that we are not working in a way that suits you. We may be able to address the difficulty and find a way through it. If however you feel consistently uncomfortable, or that the therapy is not helping, it may be that I am not the right therapist for you or that this is not the right time. As always I will give you my opinion but you will not be pressured or criticised for your point of view.
What if I don't want to?
Sometimes friends, family, colleagues or other people can offer wonderful therapeutic insight and influence. Books, and now computer-based programmes, can help too. Many aspects of caring for one's mental and emotional health are straightforward and common-sense, though routine and practice are required to develop positive habits. Sometimes professional help is useful to start the ball rolling but it is not essential if the time isn't right.
What kind of therapist are you?
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist. I believe that positive changes and development come through positive relationships in our internal and external life. We grow through accepting and connecting aspects of ourselves, so that we feel more complete, more content and more able to stand in relation to the world. We can improve our capacity to recognise our thoughts and feelings and to decide how to act more positively.
In practice I have integrated and drawn influence from a number of theories, notably Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Attachment Theory, Person-Centred Counselling, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
What does UKCP registration mean?
Registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy means that I have completed a nationally recognised training, that I maintain professional insurance, that I am connected to an organisation with a structured complaints procedure, that I have regular professional supervision of my work, that I undertake regular professional development and training, and that I am committed to adhere to an established code of ethics.
Do you have supervision?
I receive regular supervision of my clinical work. I formally discuss my work with another experienced practitioner in a confidential setting, with a view to maintaining best practice and ensuring that my clients receive an excellent service from me.
I also provide clinical supervision to other practitioners, individually and in groups, within organisations and independently.
How long will I be in therapy?
The benefits of psychotherapy can often be felt straight away. Sometimes a few sessions can be extremely helpful in making positive and significant change, especially if there is a particular issue to focus on. If a more supportive and wider-ranging intervention is required then longer-term regular psychotherapy can be a helpful and transforming experience.
My preferred way to be paid is by monthly bank transfer. I will email you an invoice at the end of the month for the sessions in that month and ask for payment within seven days. If you prefer to pay session by session (It must be within a few days of the session for bank transfers), or in cash or by cheque, this can be agreed. I don't take card payments.
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