Frequently Asked Questions

What sorts of problems might you be able to help with?
We have successfully helped people with a wide range of issues and emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression, relationship and family problems, bereavement, stress and burn-out, addictions, self-harm, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress and dissociation. Sometimes the issues are less specific, such as feeling stuck or facing a difficult life change.

What kind of therapy do you provide?
We provide psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, relational psychotherapy and attachment-based psychotherapy.

Are evening appointments available?
Practice hours are from Monday to Friday, with evening appointments sometimes available.

What happens at the first appointment with my therapist?
At the initial consultation, we will explore your current issues, enquire about your history and discuss whether a period of psychotherapy might be of benefit to you. This initial appointment is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out more about the therapeutic process. You and your therapist can then decide whether to continue working together.

How frequent are the sessions?
Once-weekly sessions are the norm, although there may be times when it is clinically appropriate to have sessions more or less frequently.

How long are the sessions?
The sessions are 50 minutes in length and take place at the same time on the same day each week.

How much does psychotherapy cost?
The charge for the initial consultation is £120. Following this, our fees range from £110 to £150 per session depending on time of day, frequency and circumstances.

What happens if I have to cancel a regular session for an unavoidable reason?
Psychotherapy requires a regular weekly time commitment. Once you begin, we set aside the same time for you each week to maintain the regularity and continuity of your sessions for the duration of your therapy. To make this possible, payment is due for all sessions, including any you cannot attend.

How soon will I know if psychotherapy is helping me?
After three or four sessions you will probably have a good sense of whether the therapy is likely to be of benefit. It is often helpful to have a review with your therapist at this point to decide whether to continue.

How long does psychotherapy take?
There is no set time limit on psychotherapy. Some people feel they have gained significant benefit from therapy after a few weeks or months and decide to stop at this point, especially if they have been going through a difficult or challenging period and this period passes. Other people continue in therapy for longer in order to work on deeper and more difficult issues that have been troubling them over a long period.

How do I end psychotherapy?
Of course, you may end the therapy at any time. When either you or your therapist feel it might be time to draw therapy to an end, it is helpful for you to discuss it fully together so you can make a decision that has been carefully considered and explored.

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