As a qualified Psychosynthesis Counsellor and in training as a Psychotherapist, I offer low-cost counselling and psychotherapy (under supervision) in Tufnell Park, North London.
What happens at a first session?
During the first consultation, you will gain a sense of how we might work together. Once we have introduced ourselves I will offer you the opportunity to tell me something about what's brought you to counselling at this time and what you are hoping for from attending. You will then have the opportunity find out something about me and the way that I work.
If we decide to work together we will also agree a regular structured time, which will become your regular weekly hour until our work comes to an end. We also discuss confidentiality. I have a short agreement form which we will fill in if you decide you want to go ahead with sessions. But sometimes a client may want to go away after the first session and have a think about what they want to do and that's absolutely fine.
How long are the sessions?
As a practitioner, I work face to face with adult individuals. Each session is sixty minutes long.
How many sessions will I need?
It's difficult to say how many sessions each person may need as everyone is unique. However, at the first session, we will agree to an initial number of sessions and then review as we go along. Normally, three sessions are planned initially which will be followed by a review, when the decision is made to book further sessions as appropriate. The process is collaborative so we will decide together what feels right.
I find the best way to tell whether there is a good match is to meet face to face. This is why I offer a free initial consultation of 1 hour.
After the first free initial consultation my fee is £50 per hour.
To make therapy affordable for everyone, regardless of ability to pay, some income-based concessions are available. These can vary between £35 and £45. Please contact me for further information. I am happy to undertake either long or short-term work, depending on your needs.
Where does the session take place?
I have a counselling room on the first floor of a townhouse in Tufnell Park, North London. Unfortunately, this means the room is not accessible to those using a wheelchair or with mobility problems.
My practice is walking distance from Tufnell Park tube station. It is also accessible by bus: 4, 134 & 390. (Bus route map)
There is plenty of parking on the roads around the house and there is a private drive in front of the house where you can park if there is space.
What if we don’t get on?
Counselling involves a relationship between the counsellor and the client and I believe this relationship is at the heart of the counselling process. Sometimes a client may feel angry, hurt, irritated or annoyed with their counsellor. They may feel unheard or misunderstood. If this happens I would encourage a client to share those feelings with me. They can often reflect a parallel with how a client feels in relationships outside the counselling room and talking them through safely and without judgement can be a crucial part of the work.
However, sometimes a client may feel that we just don’t “click”. They don't feel comfortable and are maybe looking for something or someone else. If this happens then it's fine!! I can support you in looking elsewhere for someone who may be a better “fit”.
What if I don't want to come back?
If, after the first session, you decide you don't want to continue then that's okay. You don't need to explain why if you're not comfortable with that, although it can sometimes be helpful for me to know why. If we have started counselling sessions and you decide you no longer want to continue then it's often beneficial to talk it through and if sessions are to stop then to have a chance to say goodbye. However, obviously, there may be circumstances where sessions have to end abruptly and that's okay.
Are sessions confidential?
All sessions are confidential which means whatever we talk about remains between us. Any notes or personal information I hold is kept securely locked away, and only I have access to these records.
It is a requirement for UKCP registration that all counsellors and psychotherapists have regular supervision. As a psychotherapeutic counsellor in training, I will need to audio tape our sessions. This will help me prepare my work for supervision. I see a supervisor every month and may talk through my work with her to ensure I am working safely and appropriately. During supervision, I may talk about our work together but the focus will be on my work rather than what you bring to sessions. My supervisor will not have access to any personal information about you.
The only time I may have to break confidence would be if I become aware that you may be a threat to yourself or to those around you, but I would discuss this with you beforehand. Legally, if I learned you are involved in terrorism I would also have to break confidence.