Frequently asked questions

How long can we work together?
I offer brief and focused work and open-ended, long term counselling and psychotherapy.  We can discuss your needs and wants for the length of counselling when we first meet.  However long we decide to work together for, we will have regular reviews to check how you feel the counselling is progressing.

What will the first session involve?
In the first session we will both have the space to assess our suitability to work together and for you to tell me a little about yourself.   I take some details from you (name, date of birth, contact details and GP details) and I have a written contract which we will go through in this session as well.

There is then an opportunity for you to tell  me the details of why you have sought therapy and any other material you wish to share in this session.

From this session we may both decide that we need a little bit more time and we can organise a second session in which to do this. Alternatively we may be able to agree on a timescale to work together in that initial appointment.

Do I need to bring anything with me for the first session?
No, just bring yourself and I will help you to feel able to speak as freely as you’d like to.

How much notice do you need for a cancellation?
I require 48 hours prior to cancelling a scheduled session, otherwise I will need to charge for the missed session.  Naturally, you may want to take a holiday from therapy and we will schedule this in as we work together.

What is your availability?
At my practice in Narborough, I have a short waiting list in operation – please contact me for further details as this changes regularly.

At my practice in Thurmaston, I have appointments available on a Tuesday morning.

Do you offer relationship, marriage or couples therapy?
I do offer therapy for more than one person, and this could be for married or co-habiting couples (same or different sex), relationships of any type where there are more than two people involved, family relationships, non-monogamous couples.

It could be that you are looking to improve on a relationship that already works well for you but need some changes.  It could be that the relationship has broken down and you would like support, from an neutral person outside of your relationship to figure out the way forward.  It could be that you would like to end the relationship and would like some help to come to agreements and amicable ways of separating.  Or it could be that you are not sure what you want.  I offer a space to explore all options.

Can I claim for therapy on my insurance?
Yes, I am recognised by AXA PPP, BUPA, Aviva and Vitality Health so you can claim through those routes/I can invoice them directly.  Alternatively I also work with some EAP providers.