An individual session lasts approximately 50 minutes. In some cases, there is the possibility to book longer sessions (90 minutes) and this can be discussed individually.
The difference between professionals qualified to provide help with emotional difficulties lies in the type and length of their training.
I am a Registered Counselling and Clinical Psychologist, as well as a Psychotherapist. This reflects the highest and most complete level of psychological knowledge and expertise recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have the equivalent of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and an additional 4 year Post Doctorate Specialisation training in Psychotherapy. Given my education and extensive professional experience, HCPC recognised me both as Clinical Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist
It is difficult to say how long a therapy can last. In general, it depends on the difficulties and objectives of each person. I offer both short term and long term psychotherapy. In the first sessions, I discuss the objectives the client wants to achieve and give an idea of the time needed to meet them. In a long term therapy there is a periodic review of the objectives.
If you need to cancel a session, please let me know as soon as possible or at least 24 hours before the time of the session, otherwise the fee for the session needs to paid in full.
In the first session, I will ask general questions to get to know you and understand why you came to see a psychologist. You will be asked about present concerns, as well as your history and background.
Each individual session costs £150. I am also registered with a number of private insurance companies.
For therapy to work, the sessions need to be regular and they normally take place once a week. In general, we try to maintain the day and time chosen at the beginning. However, if your schedule does not allow this, we can decide week by week a mutually convenient time.