What happens at the initial consultation?

This is an opportunity for us to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy. This session will usually be longer than the others (approx. 1 hr 10 minutes).   It is a time to see if we can work together, what your expectations are and whether we feel I can help you.

How long do sessions last?

Therapy sessions last for 50 minutes.

When can I see you?

I see clients Monday to Friday and have early morning, daytime and evening sessions available.

How often will I see you?

Usually sessions take place once a week at the same time.

How much will it cost?

Details are on the fees page, and we can discuss this at the initial consultation.

Please note that you will be charged for sessions that are missed without at least 24 hours notice.

Where can I see you?

I see clients at my practice in Enfield EN2.  Gordon Hill & Enfield Town are approx. 10-15 minutes walk.

I can also see you in Hornsey N8 7PN.  Please let me know which location you prefer on your initial contact.

My practice is in my home and on the first floor, accessed by stairs.  It may be possible to use an alternative room if you have mobility issues – please let me know on your initial contact email/phone message.

How many sessions will I need?

At the initial consultation, we will decide if we can work together. Most often, I work to a  twelve-week contract with a mid review after 6 weeks.  After twelve weeks we will review our work together and decide whether a further contract would be useful, or if an open-ended arrangement is more suitable.

In some cases, a shorter period of therapy may be more suitable, and we can discuss this at the initial consultation.

Everyone is different.

6 sessions can sometimes be enough;

12-16 sessions will be more realistic as an initial contract.  For some people an open ended contract works well.

During sessions 6 and 12, we will review the work and decide a way forward and review regularly from then on.

Are you the right therapist for me?

What is important is the client-therapist fit between us and this works both ways – here is what the BACP recommend:

“During the initial assessment or first session be prepared to trust your instinct because your relationship with the therapist is at the heart of the process. If you are unsure about the therapist, seek another one. Having confidence in your therapist is very important and will enable you to get the best out of the process. Always remember it is you who is the customer. If no therapist seems suitable, it may be time to consider whether you would like to proceed or not.”  read more