Fees, Beginnings and Endings
My fees are currently £60-80 per 50-minute session.
My fees are currently £90 – £130 pounds per 60-minute session
PAYING FOR THERAPY
Sessions are normally weekly and regular so – if at all possible – they are at the same time each week. Attending regular sessions is an important part of the therapeutic process. Once we make the decision to start working together in regular therapy, I undertake a commitment to keeping the appointment available and open for the clients. This means that I will also ask clients to pay for missed sessions as they are kept open for them even in their absence. If they are unable to attend, I will make every effort to offer a replacement session during the week but unfortunately this might not always be possible.
I will endeavour to give ample notice of times when I am away from work and I normally take my holidays around Christmas, Easter and in the Summer.
Once we decide to start therapy I will normally ask clients to pay monthly in arrears. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
For initial consultations or stand-alone sessions I normally ask clients to pay at the end of the session. I am not able to accept payment by credit or debit cards.
Taking the decision to start therapy to address painful, often long-standing and deep-seated issues is an important commitment. Finding the right therapist with whom it feels possible to connect and whose style of working feels ‘right’ can take time. I therefore normally suggest to new clients that we meet for a number of sessions to get to know each other and to get a flavour of what it would be like working together before we make the shared decision to starting regular therapeutic work.
I do not normally set an end date to therapy, nor do I ask clients for a notice period if they wish to end the sessions. However, I do believe that it is important to think together and make a thoughtful decision about ending therapy so that we can spend the final sessions reviewing the progress and looking ahead to the future.
Some clients prefer from the onset to have an ending date in mind, either because they feel more comfortable about entering into a brief or time-limited psychotherapy or due to expected changes in external circumstances (relocating, pregnancy etc.) In my experience, it is helpful to discuss this from the outset so we can tailor the work accordingly.
Seeking therapy as a couple offers the opportunity to explore hurt and angry feelings in a safe and thoughtful setting. Relationships can become “gridlocked”, repeating unhelpful or frustrating, even destructive patterns. The insights offered in relationship therapy can help couples recognise unhelpful dynamics and establish new, more fulfilling ways of relating. Couple therapy can enable both partners to begin to think about their relationship with empathy and gain insight into both their own and their partner’s experience, feelings and behaviour.
Relationship therapy with both partners present can bring invaluable insight into deep-seated reasons behind repeated patterns, frustrations or escalating or circular arguments and support both partners in thinking through what they each bring into the relationship.
Many people choose to seek relationship therapy without a partner. Individual relationship therapy is often sought by those experiencing difficulties in coping with a break-up, or who are seeking a deeper understanding of their own relationship. It can also be useful for those who want to explore the absence of lasting intimate relationships. Relationship therapy can help you to discover how you relate to others and why you are drawn to particular people.