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My Fees

Each session is 50 minutes long.

  • The initial telephone consultation is free of charge.

  • My basic fee per session is £66, invoiced at the end of every month.

  • For the 3-session assessment, the charge is £200 payable at the start. 

  • For parent-child work (under 5s) the fee is £70 per session.

         My fees are reviewed every July for the start of the September term.

         A reduced fee can be discussed in cases of genuine financial difficulty. 

1. How long will I need to be in therapy?

There are no rules for how long it takes to work through presenting issues and difficulties. However, many people enter therapy for one reason and find that other problems or conflicts they were unaware of, start to come to the surface. It is important to be aware that psychodynamic psychotherapy is best undertaken on an open-ended basis as it allows our mind the freedom to bring whatever needs to be explored, ie what is most important in any given session.

2. Are there other types of therapy that might be better for me?

There are many different types of “talking therapies”.  The assessment I do is important for us to see if the psychodynamic approach is right for you.  If it doesn’t seem to be, we can discuss what would be best.

3. Will you tell anyone what I tell you?

One of the main principles of psychotherapy is confidentiality.  This is very important to enable you to trust me and tell me what is on your mind.  However, it has to be clear that there are a few notable exceptions:

 

a) If what you tell me involves safeguarding, either for you or someone else, I will have to decide whether this needs to be passed on to a relevant person or organisation. In the case of a minor, this would involve parents, social services, school or perhaps the police, depending on the circumstances.  I would always discuss this with you first. 

 

b) Counsellors and psychotherapists always have a “supervisor” with whom they discuss their work. This person is also a qualified and experienced counsellor or psychotherapist and our discussions enable us to find the best way to help you.  Your full name will not be disclosed at any time.

4. Would I need to come every week?

Disclosing painful feelings and thoughts can leave us feeling vulnerable; knowing that we have a weekly time and space set aside for us, that won’t be taken by anyone else, can provide the security we need to open up.  I see people weekly, sometimes more often if we agree that it would be helpful.

5. Why do I need therapy?  Can’t I work things out on my own?

Often in close relationships, people need time and space with their own thoughts to try to work out why they react in particular ways to their partner, spouse, child, parent etc.  It is not always helpful to try to work through our fears with those we are so close to.  The therapeutic space provides objectivity and time, outside of the arena, for us to understand ourselves and our reactions better.

6. Do you provide family or couples therapy?

I am not a family or couples therapist.  However, in the context of my work with young people, and with the agreement of my client, we do enlist the help of the family in supporting the person through specific difficulties.  Sometimes, while a young person is in therapy, it can be very helpful for the parents to have their own support too.  If family or couples therapy is indicated, I can provide referrals for you.

7. Is there wheelchair access?

Robert Denholm House does not have a lift, so my room, on the 2nd floor, is unfortunately not accessible to wheelchair users.  However, there are other rooms that could be available on request.  Please contact me for more information.

8. What will therapy cost me?

Please see the fees section of my website for information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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