Normally weekly for individuals and couples. The sessions are held at the same time each week. Some clients prefer to come twice a week at certain times during the process and we negotiate that when we review the contract on a termly basis.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no definite answer to this question. We always start off with 6 weeks of initial sessions, after which we define a contract covering how many weeks we will work together before the next review, the fees and other aspects of how we will work together.
The total number of sessions will depend on the initial assessment and what you want to achieve. Some clients are very clear about what they want to work on and have a goal they want to work towards, which we would capture in our contract. Others need to explore who they are and who they have been, which means the end goal cannot be defined at the start of our work together, and therefore we would set an open-ended contract.
Together we will undertake regular reviews to ascertain progress.
How long are the sessions?
Each session is 50 minutes for individuals or an hour and half for couples.
I offer both daytime and evening appointments.
How quickly can I start therapy?
I can usually arrange an exploratory assessment session within a few days or at most 2 weeks. After that assessment, there may be a short waiting time of up to a few weeks, but if you can be flexible about when we meet then that is likely to reduce the time it takes me to arrange sessions for you.
Yes, sessions are always confidential with only a very few exceptions that relate to extreme circumstances, including safeguarding of other people and public safety. Confidentiality and trust are essential elements of our work together.
Where is your practice and how do I get there?
Most of my face-to-face sessions are held at my own practice in the Kingston area. This is within walking distance of Norbiton station on National Rail line from London Waterloo or Richmond, and close to a number of regular bus services. If you prefer to drive, there is free parking available in surrounding roads.