Frequently Asked Questions, Terms and Conditions
What's the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
Although there is no commonly agreed distinction between counselling and psychotherapy, there is a general understanding that counselling describes a briefer treatment that tends to focus more on behaviour, specific symptoms and particular problematic situations. Counselling therefore is considered to be more solution focused and problem solving in its approach.
Psychotherapy is generally longer term, and more concerned with deeper and more fundamental matters.
I offer both, depending on the needs and wishes of each individual client.
How long are sessions?
Sessions usually last an hour.
Sometimes it is practical and useful to arrange longer sessions, if appropriate.
I have an initial meeting with clients, which is both consultation and assessment, before we agree to proceed. This meeting is charged for at the normal rate.
What fees can I expect to pay?
My regular fee is £55, payable at the time of the session. A sliding scale is applicable in case of financial difficulty. My fee for couples work is £70. I review my fees annually.
What is your policy regarding cancellation?
48 hours notice of cancellation is required. If a client cancels within this period, they will be charged for the session. This policy does not apply to exceptional circumstances such as medical emergencies.
Do you work with children?
I work with young adults. Working with young children is a specialized process, and I normally refer to Kim Lee, who is a very experienced child psychotherapist. Here is a link to his website: