Session Information

During your first session I will clarify and understand what you are currently experiencing and what you want to achieve from therapy. I will take a full assessment of your past and current situation, your health and lifestyle, and the changes that you want to make. You’ll have every opportunity to ask any questions, and we’ll create a treatment plan and agree a number of sessions to achieve your desired outcome.

The number of sessions you will need varies and this is dependent on your needs, situation and the therapy used. I will give you an estimated number of sessions, but I usually recommend that 6 sessions will allow you to see how well the therapy is working for you and experience some change.

I offer full 60 minute sessions rather than the traditional ‘therapy hour’ of fifty minutes. Everyone processes at different rates, and after a few sessions you will find that you’ll settle to your preferred session length – usually between 1 and 1 ½ hours.

Bespoke Therapy Sessions

For fast results, the uniqueness of my therapy sessions are that I can develop a bespoke plan of therapy for you.  You may require flexible weekly, fourtnightly or instense course of treatments than that of weekly sessions.

Half day and full day sessions can be made available in your plan.  The bespoke therapy sessions are individually tailored and may include traditional medical advise, complementary therapies such as nutrition, massage, accupunture, financial and fitness advice.

If you want to work on a specific problem, breakthrough sessions are available. These vary from 3 - 5 hours in length and can be held in-house or at my practice locations.

Emergency and one-off sessions are also available, these are charged at a higher rate.

Insurance

I am a Registered Health Provider’ and so your fees may be paid for by your health insurer. Please contact your insurers to find out what is covered.

GP Consent

You will be required to indicate whether you do or do not consent to any communications with your GP or other medical professionals.

For my insurance purposes you GP information is required.  I will not make any contact with your GP without your full written consent.

Referral

I offer therapy to individuals, couples and children. You can self-refer or be referred by a medical professional, employer, friend or family member. Full and informed consent is required by all adults having therapy with me and direct contact with the client must be made to arrange the appointments.

Confidentiality

Your confidentiality is strictly upheld. Your consent will be sought where the law requires it to be broken, or in the event of self-harm, harm to another or to a child is involved. All sessions are held in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

How soon will you see me?

In most instances you’ll be seen within a week of your initial contact. In an emergency, you can be seen within 48 hours depending on availability. On some occasions, I may operate a waiting list due to high demand. If this is longer than 2 weeks I will let you know.

How do I talk to you?

Therapy is normally face-to-face.  In the event of travel or distance may be a challenge or that you are overseas I am able to offer Skype, FaceTime and Phone sessions. 

Cancellation

48 hours’ week day notice is required for cancellation or to reschedule your appointment. Otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Payment

Unless previously agreed or your fees are paid for by your employer or health insurer, payment is to be made at the end of each session.

For Skype, Facetime and phone consultations, payment must be received in advance. You can pay by cash, cheque, or bank transfer/BACS.

Ethical Framework

As an accredited therapist, I abide by the Ethical Codes of Good Practice of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).  And the Association of Neuro-Linguistic Programming International (ANLP) guidelines as a professional practising practitioner.

For more information, please visit

www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework

www.anlp.org/index.asp?PageID=79

Fees

The session fee is from £75.00 to £130.00.  This is dependent on the type of therapy, length of sessions, time of day and location. 

Fees payable via cash, cheques, bank transfers and secure payments can be made with all major credit cards, visa debit and paypal.

I am a recognised health providers for major health insurance companies. 

 

 

If your health insurer is not listed, please contact me and  I can register with your insurer to allow therapy costs to be covered for you.

If your insurance company requires a psychiatric referral, or if you wish to discuss the option of medication, I can refer you to an exeprienced psychiatric colleagues I work with closely.

 

From time to time I offer special packages and block booking discounts, please check out my blog page for details as they come up or you can contact me for information.

Coaching vs Counselling

The difference between Coaching and Counselling arises frequently. I have attempted to explain and distinguish the differences between coaching and counselling:

 

 

Traditional Therapy or Counselling

Coaching

Primary Life Focus

The focus is on the person’s past. Deals with healing emotional pain or conflict within an individual or in a relationship between two people.Some forms of therapy e.g., Brief Solution Focused and CBT focus on the future.

Focuses on a person’s present, in order to help them create actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s personal and work life and act towards the future. The emphasis in a coaching relationship is on action, accountability. A highly experienced coach will know when to look at the past because it informs the present, as well as in order to help distinguish limiting belief systems. 

Subject Focus

Based on feelings and emotions.

Action and outcomes. Actively un-taps clients potential

Model

Medical or clinical diagnosis of pathology or relationship conflicts.

Learning and developmental, focusing on attainable goals and possibilities.

Nature of Issue

Identifiable dysfunction.

A generally functional client desiring a better situation

Treatment of the Past

Understand and resolve the past.

Understanding the past in the context in which future goals are set.

Questions Asked

WHY?

HOW? WHAT? WHEN? and WHY, a form of seeking insight, is emphasized less than action

Client Goals

Help patients resolve old pain and improve emotional states

Helps clients learn new skills and tools to build a more satisfying successful future; focuses on goals

Accountability for Goals

The goals of therapy are for the person to be accountable for their feelings and emotions and change can be identified internally but not usually measurable unless using a CBT.

Coaching goals, like business goals, usually have to do with one’s external world and behaviour and is measurable.

Relationship

Therapist / Client relationship 
The therapist offers perspectives and helps the clients discover their own answers.

Co-creative equal partnership 
The coach offers perspectives and helps the clients discover their own answers.

Function

The Therapist diagnoses, then provides professional expertise and guidelines to provide a path to healing

The Coach stands with the clients and helps him or her identify the challenges, then partners to turn challenges into victories, holding client accountable to reach desired goals.

Training or Educational Background

Therapists require extensive expertise in the subject matter of the therapy: marital counselling, childhood abuse, etc. A therapist can use coaching skills to support the client.

Coaches, deal in process, do not require subject matter expertise. Coach with work, training and education background enhances and utilises their experience towards greater understanding and knowledge of the clients issues. Coach can utilise counselling and diagnoses to enhance the client towards unlocking past limitations to achieving goals for e.g., bullying at school affecting being experienced at work.

Style

Patient, nurturing, evocative, indirect, parenting, cathartic.

The same, excepting, parenting, but also catalytic, challenging, direct, straight talk, accountability

Rate of Change

Progress is often slow and painful because the issues are often subconscious and fundamental.

Growth and progress are rapid and usually enjoyable.

Responsibility for Outcomes

The therapist is responsible for both the process and the outcome.

The coach is responsible for the process; the client for the results.

Disclosure

Limited, if any, personal disclosure by the therapist

Personal disclosure by the coach used when relevant as an aid to communicating.

Payment

Often covered by health insurance; or through an Employee Assistant programme.  Otherwise self funding or a relative.

Not covered by health insurance.  Employers may pay for coaching of individuals or groups.

Useful Links

Professional bodies

NICE – The National Institute for Clinical Excellence is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health for healthcare professionals, the NHS, carers and the public

www.nice.org.uk

 

BACP – British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

www.bacp.co.uk

ANLP – Association of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

www.anlp.org

CCC – Counselling Limited

www.counselling.ltd.uk

ICF – International Coach Federation

www.coachfederation.org

BSCH – British Society of Clinical Hypnosis

www.bsch.org.uk

Sexual Dysfunction (SDA)

www.sda.uk.net

British Association of Sexual Relationship Therapy

www.bsart.org.uk

NHS Free Smoking Helpline

www.gosmokerfree.nhs.uk

Mental Health Information

www.mentalhelp.net

 

Private insurance healthcare providers

Provides Private Healthcare Guidelines

www.privatehealthcareguide.com

Standard Life

www.standardlife.co.uk

CIGNA

www.cigna.co.uk

PRU Health

www.pruhealth.co.uk

WPA

www.wpa.co.uk

Simply Health

www.simplyhealth.co.uk

AVIVA

www.aviva.com

CS Healthcare

www.cshealthcare.co.uk

 

Other helpful organisations

CHIS-UK Complementary Healthcare Information Service - UK

www.chisuk.org.uk

BestHost - web hosting and web design

www.besthost.co.uk

Quitza Hypnotherapy Listhttps://quitza.com/groups/1082/quitting-smoking-with-hypnosis