Fees, Terms & FAQs
What happens at the first session?
Our first session is used to explore the possibility of our working together. It is an opportunity for me to understand what has bought you to therapy and an opportunity for you to get a sense of me and how I work, and also to ask any questions about what therapy entails. We will discuss your expectations of therapy and address any anxieties you might have about beginning. We will also go over practicalities such as payment and timing of sessions. If, after this initial session, you decide that you would like to begin working with me, then therapy can continue for as long as you want it to. You may find that a few sessions are all that you need, or you may wish to carry on much beyond this.
What are the fees?
This is usually decided before the start of the first session. I charge £90 for individual therapy and £120 for couple therapy. If I take on a couple, but only one of the partners is present for a session, this is still considered a couple therapy session and is charged as such.
How long do each of the sessions last?
The initial assessment session will last up to 1 hour and 15 minutes. This is to allow plenty of time for your questions and for us to schedule session times. All subsequent sessions last 50 minutes for individuals and 60 minutes for couples. The whole session time belongs to you, whether you choose to attend or not, and I will be present for the entire session. If you arrive part way through your allotted time, I will see you for the remainder of the time.
How do I pay?
Payment is taken at the end of each session by cash, cheque or bank transfer. I also have the facility to take credit/debit cards on the day. Agreed fees will stand for 12 months, but may be subject to increases, by agreement, after this time.
How frequent are the sessions?
Ongoing sessions take place once per week. Where needed and when circumstances demand it is possible to have two sessions per week. In our initial session we will agree a day and time to meet for ongoing sessions. I will not offer your appointment time to anyone else. If your circumstances change and the session time is no longer suitable, I will do my best to accommodate this and offer you an alternative time.
How do sessions take place?
All sessions where possible are face-to-face, although when this is not possible through travel or work schedules I do offer sessions by telephone, Zoom or Skype. Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic all sessions going forward will be via telephone, Zoom or Skype until restrictions are lifted.
Is what I talk about confidential?
This is a very important aspect of the therapeutic relationship. Everything that we discuss in the session is kept in the strictest confidence. The exception to this is that as a member of the BACP, I am required to have regular supervision and I will need to discuss our work in clinical supervision from time to time. However, I will not disclose your name or anything that would enable you to be identified.
I will not confer with your doctor without your knowledge and permission. However, if there is convincing evidence that you intend to harm yourself or others, I will need to break confidentiality by informing your doctor, or if necessary the police. On the extremely rare case that this happens it would only take place where possible with your prior knowledge. I will keep brief notes after a session which will be securely stored and I will ensure that you would not be able to be identified from the notes.
What happens if I arrive to the session under the influence?
Clients who arrive at the initial assessment or ongoing therapy sessions under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be seen and the session will be re-scheduled at the cost of the client.
What happens if I need to cancel a session or take a holiday?
Cancellation of an appointment with less than 48 hours notice, or failure to show for an appointment, will incur the full fee. This includes cancellations due to sickness. Appointments missed when you have given me 48 hours notice are not charged for. Appointments missed because you are on planned holiday of up to 3 weeks will incur no charge. Holidays and breaks that are longer than 3 weeks will require a holding fee (normally 50% of the session fee) in order to keep that particular session day and time available for you. I will be available for you with the exception of my holidays of which I will give you as much notice as possible. In the event where I miss your session because of illness or an unforeseen event, I will try to give you as much notice as possible, and will try to offer you an alternative time.
How long does therapy go on for?
This is something that we will negotiate between us. It is important for you to know that it is you who has the deciding say on whether or not to continue and for how long the therapy lasts. I ask that you give at least one week's notice before finishing so that we have the chance to discuss your decision, but there will be no pressure on you to continue with therapy. We will normally know when you are ready to finish therapy and we will address the ending of therapy within our sessions. Sometimes you may feel that the therapy is not helping you or that it is difficult or painful. In these circumstances it is always best if you can come and discuss the difficulties rather than abruptly ending the therapy. Many of us have experienced difficult and sudden losses and if this happens in therapy, these losses do not have the opportunity to be understood and resolved.
Where is your practice?
My private practice is in Hackney, East London E5.
Please remember that all this information and any other concerns you may have can be discussed at the initial assessment or in ongoing sessions. No therapy will begin until you feel comfortable and ready to do so.