Two steps to starting therapy.
1. Book a 20-minute telephone consultation (free)
The first step to starting therapy is to email me requesting a free telephone consultation. This can usually be arranged within a week of contacting me if I have availability. In the consultation I'll ask you about what you'd like help with and explain what I can offer. This gives you an opportunity to ask me questions and see if you'd like to book your first therapy session with me. I typically speak with people for about 20 minutes in these consultations.
2. Start a block of therapy sessions (video-call or telephone) (£90 per 50-minute session)
In your first therapy session we'll meet via video-call and talk in more depth about your difficulties and what you'd like to get out of the process. This enables us to identify a focus and help us check-in about how helpful you're finding therapy when we come to review later on.
Typically I suggest planning an initial block of 6 sessions. This gives us a good chance to try working together (but you're free to stop at any point). By the end of the block we'll review what's been most helpful before making a further plan. Usually this involves booking further sessions and continuing for as long as the sessions are helpful. Some clients prefer to stop after 6 sessions whilst others have chosen to continue working with me for several months or more.
Effective therapy, centred around you.
My academic and clinical training enables me to draw upon multiple evidence-based approaches to help understand my clients' difficulties.
A lot of my theoretical ideas come from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as this has a strong scientific basis. However, I also draw upon other established models of therapy including psychodynamic, relationship and psychosexual therapy. I take an exploratory approach to help broaden and deepen my clients' perspective of their difficulties and consider what they may want to try differently.
I believe effective therapy is built upon a trusting relationship where my clients feel comfortable to talk with me about topics that may be very sensitive or challenging. I therefore take a proactive approach to check-in with my clients about how they're experiencing the work and make sure we're going at a pace that feels right.