Counseling in South West London
Frequently Asked Questions
What is therapy and how does it work?
Therapy is a process of working with a trained mental health professional to explore and address challenges and concerns in your life. The specific approach and techniques used in therapy will depend on the therapist's training and the needs of the individual seeking help. Therapy can help address a wide range of issues, including mental health concerns, relationship problems, and coping with life transitions.
What can I expect during my first therapy session?
During your first therapy session, you will likely have the opportunity to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and your goals for treatment. The therapist will ask about your symptoms, medical history, and current stressors. You may also discuss any past treatment you have received and any medications you are taking. Be honest and open during this session, as this will help the therapist better understand your needs and develop an effective treatment plan.
How long will therapy take?
The length of therapy will depend on your specific needs and goals. Some people may benefit from a few sessions, while others may need longer-term treatment. It is generally best to be open to the process and allow the therapy to unfold naturally. Your therapist will work with you to determine the appropriate length of treatment and will make adjustments as needed.
Is therapy confidential?
Therapy sessions are generally considered confidential, meaning the therapist may not disclose any information about you or your treatment without your consent. There are exceptions to this rule, such as if you disclose an intention to harm yourself or others, or if there is suspected abuse or neglect of a child, elder, or dependent adult. Your therapist will discuss the limits of confidentiality with you during your first session.
How do I choose a therapist?
Choosing a therapist is an important decision, and it can be helpful to research and ask friends or family members for recommendations. It is also important to find a therapist whom you feel comfortable with and who has the appropriate training and credentials. Consider factors such as the therapist's specialisation, experience, and approach to treatment. Having a phone consultation or a brief in-person meeting with the therapist is also a good idea before committing to ongoing treatment.
What is the cost of therapy?
The fee ranges from £85 to £90. I accept payments by bank transfer. Discounts are available for NHS staff and clients on a low income.
Do you offer a free first consultation?
Yes, I offer a free 15-minute consultation to help you explore your needs and goals and determine if my services match you. During this consultation, we can discuss your concerns and expectations for therapy and determine whether we will be a good fit to work together. This consultation is confidential, and there is no obligation to commit to further therapy sessions. It is simply an opportunity for you to learn more about me and my approach and to ask any questions before deciding. Request your free session by visiting the contact page or using the form below.
What is the length and a frequency of sessions?
The counselling sessions are usually 50 minutes long and will occur once a week. If the situation arises that you are late for your session, I will be present for the scheduled session, but I cannot work beyond the agreed time.
Contact me or request a free initial consultation
An initial 15-minute telephone consultation is offered free of charge to provide the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and establish whether you would like to book an appointment. If you think that I am the counsellor you would like to work with, we will arrange the first session.