Frequently asked questions
Who do you work with?
I work with individuals aged over 18.
How often are sessions held?
I recommend meeting weekly as this helps establish the therapeutic relationship and provides continuity and momentum for the work. However, if this does not fit in with your schedule, we can discuss alternative arrangements.
How long is a session?
Assessment sessions are 90 minutes and ongoing sessions are 50 minutes.
How long does therapy take?
I offer both short term and longer term therapy. You may feel you need just a few sessions to resolve what is troubling you. Or you may decide you want to work for longer at greater depth. This usually involves looking at relationships, coping systems and belief systems from your past and their impact on you in the here and now. I regularly review our work together, checking what is helpful, what we might change and how we can go about doing that. We work at your pace and you are free to end therapy at any stage.
Is therapy confidential?
I take confidentiality very seriously. All sessions are confidential and all calls, emails and enquiries are treated in the strictest confidence.
What are your qualifications?
I trained at the Metanoia Institute, one of the UK's leading qualifying centres for counsellors and psychotherapists. I hold a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and a BSc Hons in Humanistic Counselling from Middlesex University. I regularly attend courses to continue my professional development and my work is fully insured and professionally supervised.
Are you a member of a registered body?
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by its ethics, standards and practices. Although the therapy profession is not regulated, you can protect yourself as a client by selecting a practictioner registered with either the BACP or the UK Council for Psychotherapy. These professional bodies ensure that all registered members have completed accredited training, continue with the professional development and abide by an ethical code.
What is your background?
Before becoming a therapist, I worked in journalism and communications. Sharing the stories of others was a privilige that led to me wanting to work with people at a deeper level. I volunteered at a charity mentoring disadvantaged youung adults before transitioning into my professional counselling training.
How much do you charge?
My fees are £60 a session. This fee applies to a 90 minute first session and 50 minute sessions thereafter. I offer a limited number of concessionary places for students and people on reduced incomes. Please feel free to ask me about these.
Where is your practice?
Currently I am seeing clients online or by telephone. I will resume face-to-face sessions as soon as government guidelines allow. I have practice rooms in Kensington SW5 (a 3 minute walk from Earl's Court tube station) and in Ealing, W5.