I normally offer face to face counselling therapy in Gerrards Cross, Rickmansworth and in Central London, Southwark SE1, a short walk from both Waterloo and Lambeth North underground stations (the room at the above location is a quiet space on the 1st floor at SE1).
However, during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and lockdown, I'm not offering face-to-face sessions. Fortunately, successful therapy can be delivered remotely (by telephone or video meetings) and I have been working in this way for some time so you can be in the comfort and safety of your own home. Many people find online or remote counselling therapy useful and empowering as they can feel safe and more in control by being in their own physical space. It also allows much more flexibility in booking days and times to support your needs, especially if you are confined at home. If you would like to try remote therapy, please get in touch and I would be pleased to help you.
You deserve to feel better, and I would be honoured to work with you. You only have to click on this link Email contact to send a message and take that first step. You may choose to contact me by text. If you call and get my answerphone, please do leave a message. I will aim to reply to your enquiry as soon as I am available, certainly within 24 hours. I am hopeful that we would be able to arrange an initial appointment within a week of first contact.
Simply text, or email to set up an appointment for a free initial telephone consultation which could last up to 20 minutes. The telephone consultation provides us both with an opportunity to get a sense of each other and allows me to gain some understanding of the issues you are facing and what you hope to gain from counselling.
What happens during the initial call?
We'll have a conversation (typically 10 – 20 mins), I'll ask you what you're looking for and briefly why you're thinking about counselling or therapy. Remember you choose how much you want to say or not. I appreciate that contacting a counsellor is a big step for most people. Please feel free at any stage to ask any questions that you may have or ask me to clarify anything that you don't understand.
If you decide you want to work with me then we'll talk about days/times that I have available and what might work for you. We would agree a time and date to meet for the first 50 minute session.
I also offer online counselling to those from abroad or if you struggle to travel.
What happens at the first 50 minutes session?
This is a chance for us to meet face to face and you'll see the space that I work from. We can carry on the conversation we started on the phone and if you want to, you can tell me more about why you're looking for a counsellor and again you can ask me any questions. You'll also start to get a sense of how I work.
A successful therapeutic relationship depends on a ‘good fit’ between client and counsellor. So, it is vital that you feel safe with me and the initial 50 minutes session, is a good way for us to see if we feel able to work together and for us to explore how best I can support you. If we do decide to proceed together, then we can confirm a regular day and time that works for us both.
If I believe that the issues you are facing exceed my professional capabilities, or if you feel that I am not the right counsellor for you, I will endeavour to refer you on to a counsellor/psychotherapist with the relevant expertise, or potential relational qualities, that may be more suited to your requirements.
If for any reason we don't think I am the right therapist for you I will aim to point you in the right direction.