Frequently asked Questions
What is the cost of a session?
My fee is currently £100.00 per session payable by cash or cheque on the day of your session.
I am a registered provider with AXA PPP Healthcare, AVIVA, Vitality Health and WPA. Please note fees for insurance companies may vary.
Fees for psychological assessments and preoperative and postoperative therapy may vary please enquire for further information.
All fees to be reviewed annually.
How often do we meet?
Psychotherapy and counselling have shown to be most effective on a weekly basis, this allows you a regular space and time to work through what is going on for you. Sessions last for 50 minutes.
What happens if I need to cancel/reschedule a session?
Your session time will have been secured for you by our mutual agreement, this session time is set aside exclusively for you. Should the need arise for you to reschedule, with a week's prior agreement we can agree an alternative time. If you cancel a session with less than a week's notice the full fee becomes payable.
How do I know whether short-term counselling or psychotherapy will be of help for me?
Through a discussion at the first session, together we agree whether short or long-term therapy would best suit your needs at the time.
What happens in therapy?
I view therapy as a confidential space unlike any other in your life where you can explore what you feel you need to without fear of judgement and criticism.
Together we explore what past and present experiences influence the way you are and why. By focusing on the therapeutic relationship we can gain some understanding of how you relate to family, friends and work colleagues. Gaining this understanding helps you decide if you want to make changes in your life and if so, how therapy can help you to do that.
I aim to provide a secure place in which you can explore your inner world and express your emotions without the fear of consequences. This is achieved through active and mindful listening, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence. I offer safety and security of the therapeutic setting by clear boundaries, confidentiality, regular supervision, and abiding by a code of ethics assigned by the organisations I am registered with.
If at any time you consider ending therapy, it is recommended that together we discuss this to work towards an ending and consolidate your gains from therapy.
Confidentiality will be maintained within the codes of my regulatory and professional bodies. In such exceptional circumstances, where there is concern for your well being or that of others, it may be necessary to seek help outside the therapeutic relationship. In such an event where I am considering breaching confidentiality, you will normally be consulted first.
Information but no identifying information will be shared with my supervisor who is also accredited by the BPS and regulated by the HCPC. I will explain the parameters of confidentiality in full before we begin our work together and ask you to sign a form to confirm you understand.
I take protecting your privacy very seriously and I follow the strict Code and Conduct of Ethics set out by the British Psychological Society (BPS; 2018). During our assessment and therapy meetings, I will take brief factual notes. The assessment and notes are used solely for the delivery of a therapy service to you. Your therapy and personal information are stored securely in locked cabinets and encrypted electronic devices.
Access to information
You have rights relating to the information I hold to verify the accuracy or to ask for them to be supplemented, deleted, updated or corrected. You have the right to request a copy of the information that I hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please email me via the contact details stated in this agreement. Information will be provided to you within 30 days. You may ask me to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate. You have a right to request the transfer of data to another individual or company. I want to make sure that your information is accurate and up-to-date, so please advise me if your contact details change.
How long is information stored for?
Your information is kept for the time necessary to provide the therapy service requested, however outside of this I will hold your details and brief notes for a period of 7 years following the end of treatment to comply with legal obligations that are placed upon me by my insurers. After this date, all data will be securely deleted.