Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose you as my therapist?

  • I take an action-based approach. Our therapy sessions will never be just talking. We will be taking real steps to make you feel better at the end of every session, and every upcoming week.
  • I don’t just rely on my intuition when measuring your progress. I’m constantly using reliable, validated psychological health scales to be as objective as possible.
  • My CBT training is through Oxford University, Reading University, and the Beck Institute (the founders of CBT).
  • Every decision we make in therapy is collaborative and you will be an active participant through the whole process.
  • I’ll teach you about psychological health and explain everything we do in therapy, including the specific techniques I use, so you can apply the knowledge in your life.

More about my approach.

How much does a session cost?

All clients will need to have an initial assessment session, which is longer than a regular session, and costs £90. After the assessment session, regular therapy sessions cost £80. You can book a pack of four regular sessions, for £300 (i.e. £75 / session).

If you are a student, or on a low income, I offer a discount in some circumstances (see below). We can discuss options at your free initial consultation call.

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Prices as of April 2022. For current prices, please see my booking page.

How long is a session?

Regular therapy sessions last for 50 minutes. Initial assessment sessions last 1 hour and 20 minutes.

How many therapy sessions will I need?

The exact number of sessions you’ll need will vary depending on your circumstances. Typical clients attend somewhere between eight and twenty sessions.

If you’d like to book a regular time, the easiest (and most affordable) way to do so is to book a Regular Therapy Session Pack of four sessions (see below).

What payment methods do you accept?

All payments are made via credit/debit card through my secure online booking system. After you have chosen a session time, you will be taken to a secure payment page to complete payment.

All payments are processed securely by Stripe.

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Do you offer a discount for booking several sessions at once? How does the Regular Therapy Session Pack work?

If you’d like to book in a regular time to see me, you can book four sessions at a time by choosing “Regular Therapy Session Pack” on my booking page. This gives you a £5 discount on each session.

Booking a regular session keeps us to a good schedule, and means that we’re more likely to see the results of therapy sooner.

Please note that the system will automatically book you in for the same time each week, over a four-week period. If any of these dates don’t work for you, just get in touch and I’ll be happy to reschedule to a more convenient time.

Do you do couples or children’s therapy?

No, I only offer psychotherapy services for individual adults.

What does the process of becoming a client look like?

Both I and you as a client should feel comfortable that I am the right therapist for your needs – while I obviously hope that I will be a good fit for you, no therapist can help every client. If I don’t think I can help, it’s my responsibility to tell you (and vice versa), so that you can find a therapist who’s better suited to you.

My process is designed to give us both the opportunity to check that we’ll be able to have a productive therapeutic relationship:

  • 10-minute initial consultation call: before you come to a therapy session, we will have a quick call. We’ll discuss your reasons for seeking therapy, and your goals. If it seems like we’ll be a good fit for each other, you can book your first session.

  • First session (assessment session): During the first session we’ll discuss things in more detail. We’ll start to do a more in-depth evaluation of where you’re at, and set goals.

    Hopefully we’ll have started to make progress towards where you’d like to get to. However, if either of us feel like I’m not the right therapist for you, I’ll offer you a partial refund of the session fee (see my refund policy below for details).

  • Subsequent sessions: once we’re working together, we’ll figure out a schedule that fits your needs. Typically you’ll benefit from having weekly sessions, but different clients will have different needs. My goal is to get you to a place where you’re doing well, and you don’t need to keep coming as frequently.

To get started, please visit my booking page.

Do you offer video therapy sessions?

I offer therapy via video call and in-person. Many people find in-person sessions preferable, as they allow easier communication between client and therapist, and for new clients I recommend we start therapy in-person, then move to video calls once the therapeutic relationship is more established.

What therapeutic approaches do you use?

I support an eclectic approach to therapy, with a combination of cognitive-behavioural, humanistic and psychodynamic approaches. I prefer to use approaches that have a strong scientific basis, in particular cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, along with related therapies like compassion-focused therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness. I avoid psychoanalysis.

It’s encouraged for both sides to take notes during the session. This helps to make the whole process more systematic, and to help you to be more effective between the sessions and after the therapy is over. One of my goals is client education — I want my clients to learn new information that they can keep using on their own, and incorporate into their lives going forward.

Will I have to do any work outside of the session?

Yes. Creating an action plan that you can work on regularly is an essential part of successful therapeutic work.

The aim is for you to take the techniques that we cover in the sessions into your daily life. I’ll ask you to be attentive to your thoughts and feelings between sessions, so that we can notice — and then work through —  things like unhelpful automatic thoughts or situations that trigger distress.

This process is about helping you to build healthier mental habits, so that over time you’ll be better equipped to handle challenging situations or emotional states.

How do I book a session?

If you’re a new client, please start by booking a 10 Minute Call via my initial consultation form.

If you’ve had your initial consultation call and you’re ready to book an appointment, visit the booking page by using the ‘Booking’ link in the main website navigation, or clicking here:

  • Please book an Assessment Session (online or in-person) when booking your first appointment
  • Otherwise please select Therapy Session (online or in-person)

How does the first session refund policy work?

Seeing a therapist for the first time can be a daunting experience, because it’s hard to know whether they’ll be a good fit. My first session refund policy is designed to take the risk out of trying me out as your therapist.

If, after our first session, one of us decides that we aren’t a good fit for each other, and do not wish to continue with further sessions, you may request a refund of 40% of the session fee. Refunds will be calculated based on the full-price session fee, less any discounts already applied.

To request a refund under this policy, please send me an email with the subject "[Your Name] First Session Refund Request".

Do you have insurance?

Yes, I have full public and professional liability insurance.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking at least 48 hours before the session, I will refund your session fee in full. Cancellations or no-shows after this will not be refunded.

How do you protect client privacy

Therapy necessarily involves talking about personal, sometimes very private, matters. I take the privacy of my clients very seriously. Information disclosed in therapy sessions will be kept confidential (except in the very unlikely event that I am required to disclose it by law).

I keep all my long-term client records in a format that is digitally encrypted.

Do you offer a student/low-income discount?

I currently offer a limited number of discretionary places for students and others in difficult financial circumstances. We can discuss your situation at our initial consultation, and if possible, I’ll send you a discount code that you can use when booking your therapy sessions.