Practicalities

Practice hours

Practice hours are from Monday to Thursday from 7am to 8pm.

Initial consultation

The initial meeting is an exploratory session, an opportunity for us to meet each other, with no obligation. We will explore your current issues, your expectations of treatment and a more general conversation about your life history.

This session enables you to see who I am and how I work, ask any questions you may have about the process of psychotherapy. It will also give a good understanding of your difficulties and a sense of whether we can work well together. You may wish to take another session to decide. We will then arrange a weekly appointment at the same time and day in order to explore and work on your on-going issues.

Duration and frequency of sessions 

Individual therapy 

The sessions are 50 minutes in length and take place at the same time on the same day. In general, a permanent weekly time is agreed during the first few consultations.

Once-weekly sessions are the norm, although there will be times when it may be clinically appropriate to have sessions more frequently. Frequency is discussed and agreed together.

Couple therapy 

The sessions are 50 minutes in length and take place at the same time on the same day. In general, a permanent weekly time is agreed during the first few consultations. Couple therapy is often shorter term, from 6 months to 18 months and an ending can be agreed and reviewed as necessary.

Fees

The average cost for individual therapy is £65 between 9am and 5pm.

Before and after these times, it is peak time with fees ranging from £70 to £90 according to time of the day and earnings. A limited number of reduced-fees places are available at £50, outside peak time on proof of lower earnings. If you are a student or on a low income, please enquire.

The cost for couple therapy starts at £75 to £100 according to time of the day and income.

During the initial meeting, we will be able to agree on a fee for ongoing therapy sessions. These fees are reviewed yearly.

 

Cancellations and missed sessions 

To be effective, psychotherapy needs a regular time commitment. As a time is set for you weekly or twice weekly, payment is therefore due for appointments missed or cancelled by you. This enables me to maintain a regular appointment time for the duration of the therapy.

If informed early enough, I am sometimes able to re-organise an appointment. It is easier with at least a week of notice.

Ending 

As working towards an ending is an important part of the work, it is helpful to discuss the process from the beginning. Psychotherapy can be long term (3 to 5 years average) or open ended. In both cases, ending is agreed a few months in advance.

For short term therapy (from at least 6 months to a year), the date of the last session can be agreed in advance. It is usually with a minimum period of four weeks.

Getting there 

My practice is easy to reach from:

– Clapton (Overground line to Liverpool Street or Chingford) 10min walk.

– Hackney Central (Overground line to Stratford or Richmond/Clapham Junction) 15min walk

The nearest bus station is Clapton Pond with following buses; 38, 55, 56, 48, 253, 254, 106, 393, 488, 425.

There is free parking in the street. For the exact location, please contact me.

 

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