FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Where are your practices?

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I have practices in Amersham and London. My practice addresses are as follows:
Orchard Clinic, 4 Orchard Lane,Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5AB (nearest tube is Amersham)

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Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, London, EC4Y 0DA (Nearest tube is Temple or Blackfriars). Please note that my practice room in Temple is based on the 5th floor and therefore not fully accessible to all wheelchairs.

What happens at the first appointment?

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At our first meeting, you will have the opportunity to talk about your difficulties and the reasons you are seeking help. Sometimes this can take longer than one session. Our first meeting is also for me to decide whether I think I can offer you the help you need or whether I think that you might be better helped by another therapist or organisation, in which case I will discuss this with you. If we agree to work together then we will discuss arrangements for ongoing sessions.

How often will we meet?

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Session continuity is important in therapy in order for it to be effective. Most people find weekly therapy the most useful and this is my preferred approach. However, some people prefer to come more often than that (e.g. twice a week), others feel they can manage something less frequent. We can discuss this at the initial appointment. If you wish to commit to a weekly session, I will reserve a weekly time slot (50minutes) for you.

How much do you charge for a session?

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My fees are dependent on where you see me. I charge £90 per session for individuals and £100 for couples in myAmersham clinic; at my London clinic the fees are £100 and £110 for individuals and couples respectively. If you have a limited income then I might be able to negotiate a lower fee for you so please do contact me about this. For counselling and psychotherapy trainees I offer a discounted fee for personal therapy.

What days can I come to see you?

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Currently, I am at my Amersham clinic on Thursday from 9am to 1pm and my London clinic on Tuesdays from 12.30 to7.30pm. I can occasionally offer evening sessions in Amersham but please contact me to see if this possible.

What if I need to cancel or rearrange a session?

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I charge for any missed or cancelled sessions unless 48 hours’ notice is given. If this notice is not given then missed or cancelled session will be paid for unless alternative arrangements can be made. I will give you as much notice as possible of holidays and other absences I foresee. If I need to cancel a session in the event of an emergency, I will make arrangements to replace this missed session where possible.

Are sessions confidential?

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Overall, what is said between you and me is strictly confidential. However, there are some exceptional circumstances under which confidentiality will be breached, even without your permission, and they are: If I feel that you are a danger to yourself or to others, or if there is sufficient evidence to raise concern of the health, welfare or safety of children or vulnerable adults. In these circumstances, I will initially encourage you to contact an appropriate source of support / help. However, if I feel that you are unable to do so I will have to make this contact myself but I will discuss this with you first before passing any information on to others and explain why I am taking this course of action. If the danger is sufficiently acute, for example if you are not able to make rational decisions regarding your personal safety or that of others, then discussing a breach in confidentiality with you may not be possible. I am in supervision as part of my commitment to good practice as this is in keeping with my professional duties as outlined by the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council. The duty of confidentiality extends to my supervisor/s whois also a qualified and accredited professional.