How much do you charge?
My fee is currently £50 for a 60 minute session and more for a longer session, depending on the length (see below). I am sometimes able to offer a reduced fee to people in financial hardship.
How long are sessions?
Sessions usually last for 60 minutes, though more specifically trauma-focused work may need more time, eg 90 or 100 minutes. This would be discussed and agreed after our initial meeting.
Weekly sessions are usual, though there can be flexibility around this.
Counselling can be open ended or time limited. Time limited means that we agree a number of sessions from the outset. I find that most people prefer to work at their own pace and not feel pressurised by a limited number of sessions. However, some feel more comfortable working within an agreed timeframe. If I think you're likely to benefit from longer-term work, I will let you know.
An extended assessment period of 6 sessions can sometimes be useful in the first instance.
Where is your practice?
I work in Finchley, London N12 . The nearest tube stations are West Finchley or Finchley Central (Northern Line). There is unrestricted parking and several buses stop close by. New Southgate overground train station is a short bus ride away.
If you are a wheelchair user or have mobility problems, please let me know in advance.
How do we start?
If you would like to get in contact, you are welcome to phone or email me. If I am unable to pick up the phone, please leave a message, and I will call you back as soon as I can. I aim to respond within 24 hours.
If you wish, we can then arrange a time for an initial meeting- an opportunity to meet face-to-face and get a sense of how things might be if we worked together. I will ask you about your reasons for seeking support at this time, as well as something about your current situation and your history. You are, of course, welcome to ask me any questions you may have or discuss any worries about the therapeutic process.
If we do decide to work together, we will then discuss details of subsequent sessions.
Following our initial meeting, it may be helpful for you to go home and think about whether or not you'd like to proceed. You don't need to make a decision on the spot. Many people choose to meet with several different potential counsellors before making a decision.
If you decide not to go ahead or I feel unable to offer you the help you need for whatever reason, I am happy to suggest names of alternative counsellors or psychotherapists who may be better able to meet your needs.