Sessions usually last for one hour except for the initial meeting, which may last up to 90 minutes. There is no obligation to proceed after that first session. At the outset of treatment it may be difficult to know exactly how many therapy sessions will be needed. A single problem that you have been experiencing for less than 18 months will generally be resolved in 5-10 sessions. However, problems that have been troubling you for a long time, or that are multi-faceted, are likely to need 10-20 sessions for you to feel you have fully resolved them. Individuals vary in the amount of distress and disturbance that they experience and, similarly, they vary in how long they take to get better. Consequently, all estimates of treatment-length are simply guidelines.
Throughout your therapy we will monitor its effectiveness and review your progress. Your honest feedback is very important because there is evidence that tailoring treatment to what feels right for you will give you the best outcome in the least time.
The fee for a single session is £50 if paid for on the day. Five sessions may be paid for in advance at a fee of £225. These fees apply to self-referred clients and to clients referred by a GP, psychiatrist or other health professional.
Students and people receiving benefits are invited to discuss the possibility of a concessionary rate.
NHS staff are entitled to a 20% discount on production of their staff card.
All fees are payable by cheque or in cash on the day of your appointment.
I also accept referrals from health insurers, employers, insurance companies, solicitors and other intermediaries. If you have health insurance, you will need to check with your provider what cover they offer for psychotherapy because each company has its own rules.
Third party referrers may also stipulate the exact number of sessions that you can be offered and we may need to negotiate with them if we see a need to vary that.
I am a registered provider for Aviva, AXA PPP, Cigna HealthCare, PruHealth and WPA. If you have health insurance with another provider please contact me so that I can check whether we can work together.
A charge will apply if less than 24 hours notice of cancellation is given. The cancellation charge will be the full session fee. Please note that you will be responsible for payment of any cancellation charges incurred if you are referred by a third party because these companies will not normally pay for missed sessions.
If the required notice of cancellation has not been given, the fee for your next session will be £100 to cover the cancellation charge. If you have paid in advance for multiple sessions, one of your sessions will be forfeited.