Fees

I offer an initial fifty minute individual session for the fee of £70 and £80 in the case of a couple.  This will provide us with some time to get to know each other and for you to 'talk' about what brings you to the psychologist at this time.  It will also provide an opportunity for me to answer any questions you might have about psychotherapy  and to see if we would like to work together and arrange on-going meetings.

Appointment times are flexible and we can work together to find a time that will suit your requirements.  Appointments usually take place at the same time each week, but some flexibility can be offered depending on availability.  I offer both short-term and long-term counselling depending on your needs.
   
On-going individual sessions are £60 per fifty minute appointment and £70 in the case of a couple.

Payment is due at the time of each appointment by cheque or cash. 48 hours' notice of cancellation is required to avoid full payment.

The possibility of reduced fees can be discussed in the case of certain circumstances.
 
Online Therapy

The fees for online therapy is 70£ for the initial assessment and 60£ for the on-going individual sessions. 

Online Therapy using Skype is convenient for people that have difficulty travelling to appointments either because of distance/remoteness, mobility problems, anxiety issues which prevent you leaving your home, people with childcare commitments or simply those with a busy work and travel schedule.

Common psychological issues such as depression, worry, anxiety (including agoraphobia), stress, grief, life direction, relationship issues, pain management and anger management are all suitable for online counselling or Skype therapy. 

Indeed research has shown that online counselling via Skype technology can help people feel less inhibited and more forthright during their counselling sessions, and so online counselling can be particularly useful where feelings of shame or embarrassment make it difficult for a person to feel comfortable attending appointments face-to-face in consulting rooms. 

For example, issues associated with sexual difficulties, such as sexual orientation, sex addiction or sexual dysfunction, can be particularly well suited to online counselling. 

Likewise, clients might feel freer, in an online environment, to openly discuss issues or experiences or thoughts which feel awkward to us or of which we are ashamed.

In general Online Counselling or Skype therapy is not appropriate where a person’s life may be in danger through self-harming behaviour, harm to others or where there are concerns about the wellbeing of a child under the age of 16. 

Severe and enduring psychiatric presentations that require a multidisciplinary team approach such as psychosis, unmedicated bipolar disorder or eating disorders - where the person’s life may be in danger - are likewise not suited to online counselling. Bipolar disorder is only manageable by Skype if the person is also engaged with a psychiatrist and compliant with medication.

You will need a computer with a camera and audio capacity. Internet broadband, or a strong and reliable internet connection, is essential. You need to create a Skype account and you will need an email address and access to Internet banking for payments. 

It is also essential that you have a private space where you will not be disturbed for the duration of your 50-minute online counselling consultation.