WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE INITIAL CONSULTATION?
The initial consultation is the opportunity for us to meet and explore your needs and the difficult feelings that have made you consider therapy at this time.
It may well feel daunting if this is your first time exploring therapy but it is my aim to put you at ease so that you can freely talk about whatever is troubling you.
It is also an opportunity for me to find out about you and we will also explore what it is that you would like to gain from the therapy sessions.
Should you feel that I am a therapist that you would like to work with, we will arrange a second session to meet the following week where we can discuss how the first session went for you and to fix a regular day and time to meet going forward.
The initial consultation will last between 1 and 1½ hours.
My charge for an initial consultation is £65 and if we then mutually decide to continue and work together, each ongoing weekly 50 minute session is charged, according to your financial circumstances, between £65 and £95. We will discuss together and set the on-going fee in your second session.
In order to maintain impartiality, psychotherapists are professionally and ethically required to be firm about fees. Whilst I aim to accommodate any changes to a session time with regard to your work commitments, in the event you need to cancel or you miss a session, including any holidays and illness, you will still be expected to pay for that missed session. This is an ethical best practice as it enables me, as your therapist, to maintain my commitment to you and my availability to your regular session time for the duration of your therapy.
The session fees are invoiced at the end of each calendar month and can be settled by either cash, cheque, or bank transfer.
If you would like to know more about any aspect of therapy or decide that you would like to book an initial consultation, you can call me direct on 07740 863 630. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail and I will promptly respond to you.
You do not need a referral from your GP to make an appointment. All enquiries are treated in the strictest confidence.
In the event that you decide that I am not the right therapist for you, then I will help to refer you to someone who might be.
USEFUL SITES and LINKS
Cruse Bereavement Care
Refuge - The Domestic Abuse Helpline
Switchboard - LGBT+ Helpline
BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
UKCP - UK Council for Psychotherapy
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families