Most people refer themselves but I am very happy to accept referrals from GPs and other healthcare professionals, as well as from health insurance companies.

What happens at the first appointment

The first appointment (the initial assessment) is primarily an information-gathering session. I will ask you about what has brought you to see me, how you make sense of it, and what you might wish to change. We will talk about how therapy could be able to help, and whether it feels like the right time for you to be embarking on this process. This first meeting is especially important because it is also an opportunity for you to begin to get to know me and to get a sense for what it might be like to work with me in therapy. For all of those reasons, the first appointment is longer than usual at 90 minutes. There is no obligation whatsoever to commit to any further sessions at this stage.

Subsequent therapy appointments

Therapy works best when there is a commitment to attending regular sessions. If you decide you would like to go ahead with treatment, we will talk about how often it makes sense to meet and book in a block of up to ten sessions at a time. This structure provides built-in opportunities to review progress and to check that you are finding therapy helpful. You will be given a regular 50-minute therapy appointment at the same time each week. This slot will usually be kept for you until you decide that you no longer need or want to come.

How to make an appointment

There are three ways to get in touch with me:

Phone        07522 120689 (with confidential answering machine)

Email        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web        You can use the form on theContact Me page of the website

Following receipt of your message, I will try to respond to your enquiry within two working days. It is often helpful to have a brief telephone conversation at this stage so I can find out a little bit about you and what you are seeking support with, and so that you can decide whether you would like to arrange a face-to-face appointment. Prior to your appointment, I will send you an email confirmation along with some useful information on how to get here. I will also attach a copy of the client agreement, a registration form, and some brief questionnaires for you to complete and bring with you to the first session.

 

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