Frequently Asked Questions

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What is counselling and psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a wide term which describes talking therapies, including counselling. Counselling often refers to a brief therapy which looks at behaviour patterns. Psychotherapy can often be longer-term, exploring experience, emotional difficulties and problems. I work in each way, so will ensure you receive the most suitable support with whatever your issue.

How long do counselling and psychotherapy take?

It depends on each client, and issue. Some clients come longer term, deciding as they go along. Some clients need only a few sessions, and arrange a number before starting. I can work long or short-term. Either way, you are the decision-maker, and are not obliged, or are expected to stay.

Have you helped people like me before?

I have worked with many clients, from varying backgrounds and groups. But each is uniquely individual. The best way to answer this is to arrange a free consultation, to chat about what brings you here, and how I can help. You can then be in no doubt.

Who do you work with?

Many different types of people! As a generalisation, I work with young people aged 18-years plus, through adulthood to older-age adults.

What does it cost?

Sessions then cost £60 per 60-minute session. Sometimes requests are made for longer sessions and these are costed pro rata. All sessions and costs are agreed before the first session. I provide invoices and/or receipts on request.

I do offer concessions, but currently have no availability. Do feel free to enquire, I will be happy to have a chat with you.

How do I pay?

Bank transfer is becoming most common as it’s secure, but I accept cheques and cash.

What are your days and hours of business?

I can be flexible to suit you. Call me and we can find something to work around your available weekday hours. I also offer Saturday morning sessions until 12:00 noon.

Will I feel safe?

My aim is to build an environment where you feel safe to discuss whatever you choose, without judgement or pressure. Due to COVID-19, this means working via the conferencing platform Zoom, or by telephone. As soon as it is safe to do so, my comfortable therapy room in Berkhamsted will be open to you, for face to face sessions.

What happens if I need to cancel?

I ask for 24-hours-notice if you need to cancel. Otherwise you may be liable for the full session fee.

What about my privacy?

Your confidentiality is crucial to me. My privacy policy can be found here which details confidentiality and any limits, including General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) information.