Frequently asked questions

Are you working online or face to face during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic?

I am currently working online or via telephone to offer counselling and psychotherapy.  I am consulting with goverment advice along with the advice of my membership body, BACP.  Currently I would not be able to offer a 2 metre social distancing gap in my therapy rooms and so I have chosen to continue to work online and keep reviewing this regularly.

Video conferencing offers a close alternative to face to face working and I am experienced in creating a safe relationship via this method to support your therapeutic journey.  We can discuss the benefits and your feelings about any downsides of this way of working if we choose to meet online.

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.  If we are meeting online then it’s important that the space you are speaking from is quiet and confidential.  When working online, I work from home in my confidential dedicated counselling room.

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?
I currently have limited availability and offer a short waiting list – please contact me for further details.

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.