Do I have to sign a contract?

It is helpful for us both for you to sign a contract.

The contract doesn't commit you to a set number of sessions, but gives information about terms and conditions of therapy.

Do you do Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT?

Yes, I work in a cognitive behavioural therapy way. This involves learning healthier ways of thinking and behaving. It is a most effective tool to bring about change.

Do you do home visits?

Local home visits can be arranged, though an extra fee to allow for travel needs to be charged.

Do you do life coaching as I want to improve my life without having a specific problem.

I see all my work as a form of 'coaching' - helping people to realise what is really important to them and how to improve their lives. So yes, I would be delighted to work with you in a life coaching way.

Do you have a CRB disclosure?

Yes, I have an Enhanced CRB Disclosure. My number is: 001237027290.

How do I make an appointment?

You can phone me or contact me on the e-mail address.
Please do leave a message on the answer phone. If I am busy I will return your call promptly and discreetly.

How long does a session last?

Each session is for 50 minutes. Longer sessions can be booked if needed.

How long will I need to see you?

Everyone is different. Some people are significantly helped in one or two sessions. Some people see me for over a year. The majority find that in making changes that they need between 6 and 12 sessions over several months.

It is often helpful to commit to 6 sessions and then review progress.

How regular would the sessions be?

As people have varying needs I choose to be focused on each person individually. Saying that, most people benefit from the consistency and commitment of weekly therapy sessions.

Near the end of therapy, fortnightly and monthly sessions are often appropriate.

Some people in a short period of crisis feel the need to be seen 2 or 3 times a week and I try to accommodate people in their short term time of need.

I don't want anyone to know that I'm seeing a therapist / counsellor. Is what I say confidential?

Everything that happens in therapy sessions with me is treated in the strictest confidence. No one will be informed about the sessions unless requested by yourself in writing. The very rare exception to this, as with all therapists, is when there is a high risk to self or others and this would be discussed with the client.

I understand that participating in therapy is very personal and private and I offer a discreet and sensitive therapy practice.

I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), can you help me?

The quick answer is yes - using 'the fast trauma and phobia cure' or sometimes called 'the rewind technique'. It involves processing a traumatic memory or memories to become normal, neutral memories and the change to people's overall life is usually fast, profound and life-changing. The session is often 1 1/2 to 2 hours and is priced accordingly. This technique also helps people troubled by phobias.

I've had some experience of counselling before but it didn't help me much.

There are many different types of counselling and cognitive therapies, eg. CBT and I can offer you a broad range of skills appropriate to your need. It is important to find a therapist that you can relate to, feel safe and confident with.

May I encourage you to meet me for an initial session to help you decide how I can help you with no obligation.

I've suffered with my problems for so long now - can I really be he helped?

The short answer to this is ‘yes - definitely’!

I have worked with many people with long-standing problems, some over 40 years duration, and have admired their courage as they have faced and overcome fears, anxieties and problems and have been able to move onto a more fulfilled life. There is hope for you too!

What are your fees?

My daytime fees from 8am to 4pm are £65.00 per session. I see people on a Thursday evening between 6.30pm and 9pm and my fees are £75.00 for a session. Saturday morning appointments are available at a fee of £95.00 for a session.

I offer short term couples work at a fee of £90.00 a session.

All sessions are for 50 minutes.

Please do contact me by phone or e-mail if you would like to arrange a session.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy “enables people to achieve health, well-being and life satisfaction through participation in occupation” (College of Occupational Therapists, 2004).

My 3 year, full-time, NHS training was at York and involved physical, medical and mental health training and practice. Occupational Therapy is a process of collaboration and negotiation between the therapist, client and when appropriate the carer, to identify the client’s problems, hopes and goals, and to find a solution to them. Occupational Therapy follows a process of assessment, identification of problems and hopes, goal setting, reviewing treatment and helping people reach their own individual life goals.

Occupational Therapy as a profession takes a holistic, client-centred approach, aiming to assist people to function at their optimum in activities that are meaningful to them.