What is therapy like?
Each session of therapy lasts 50 minutes. Most of the work will be in the talking mode, where you bring issues and topics and I listen. This is in itself is a vital part of the process, your sharing defines the content of the session. I will help you to link, deepen and explore what you are bringing. Together, we will work toward a process of exploration and transformation.
An important aspect of therapy is that we explore together, and at a regulated pace. The idea being that only what’s needed and ready to be explored, comes to the surface.
From time to time, I might bring tools and techniques to help deepen exploration, which you would always choose whether or not to use.
Do you work online or in person?
I offer sessions online and in person in central London. Depending on your preference, a “home slot” that is either online or in-person will be established. If on a given week, you’d like to work in the other format, that will be possible, pending availability.
How often would we meet?
The starting point is that we’d meet weekly and in most cases on the same day and at the same time. This regularity is important, as it creates a rhythm which deepens exploration.
In some case, we might decide together to work more than once a week. This way of working is effective at working with deeply entrenched issues, and can lead to particularly profound transformation.
Who goes to therapy?
There’s a myth in society that therapy is only for people who are “unwell” or “weak”. Thankfully, that myth is on the way out. In fact, while therapy is useful at sorting out psychological difficulties, it’s also very good at opening up a persons potential. In terms of “weakness”, true strength, we are increasingly coming to understand, is when we are prepared to face ourselves, including the parts of ourselves we don’t like to admit are there.
I see clients from all walks of life. From early adulthood to retirement age, from CEO’s to students. Women, men and trans/non binary people. And while therapy is useful to “fix” a certain “problem”, I work with people who are seeking to develop themselves holistically. This means there’s a deeper orientation at play, a seeking out of meaning, purpose and self-actualisation, alongside the resolution of the presenting issue.
Is therapy with you right for me?
Only you can answer whether working with me is the right path for you. There are many therapists of differing styles and approaches, as well as many pathways to approaching a particular psychological issue.
Typically, clients see me because they:
- Are experiencing a symptom or a crisis, which they wish to resolve, but where they recognise that a “quick fix” may leave unresolved underlying issues.
- Are experiencing a sense of “stuckness” but not necessarily a psychological “symptom”, or they
- Have tried other forms of therapy, but are now seeking an approach which explores more underlying issues. This could be for a variety of reasons, some examples:
- Recurring projections, group experiences, or specific pre-verbal complexes may be partially in awareness but not sufficient processed.
- Patterns in work, relationship or emotional state are known, but seem difficult to shift.
- Addictive processes seem to be ‘solved’, but them move on further addictive processes.
If you are unsure about whether therapy with me is right for you, feel free to get in touch. I am happy to make an onward referral if for whatever reason we do not end up working together.
How much does it cost?
The introductory sessions costs £80. My ongoing rate is between £60 and £120 for each 50 minute session. The ongoing rate would be discussed during the introductory stage. The sliding scale enables me to see a wide range of people within my practice.
Is therapy confidential?
Everything you share with me is confidential. There are extremely rare situations where I, like any registered therapist, could be required to divulge information via a court order.
How long might my therapy be?
The way I work is open-ended. This does not mean that we would go on forever, rather that we begin without a firm end date. Ending can be explored at any time, and is considered part of the therapy. This, and the organic and unstructured nature of psychotherapy is important, as it creates a unique environment which deepens healing.
Do you work with spiritual or religious people?
The way I am trained encompasses spiritual perspectives. However, these are not “religious” in nature, rather they recognise that human experience has an essential core. That we are more than biology, and that individual consciousness is in itself, an aspect of a greater whole.
That said, I will respect your religious beliefs if you have them, including atheist and humanist perspectives. It is my experience that depth and transpersonal psychological perspectives are inclusive rather than exclusive.
Where do I go from here?
A lot of what makes therapy is the unique “chemistry” between the therapist and client. So it’s a good idea to meet a potential therapist (or two) “in real life” to see how you feel about working together.
The way I work is to have an initial phone call, which is free of charge. From there, any initial face to face meeting would be a place to more fully explore how it feels to work together. During these introductory sessions, we would also look at logistics. Depending on my workload and availability, I may or may not be taking on new clients. I usually have information about this at the top of my contact me page.