First Free Session
The initial free session gives us an opportunity to meet face to face and talk about what has led you to look for therapy at this time and what you hope to gain from working with a therapist.
Please contact me by phone or email email contact form to arrange a first free appointment.
In our first session I will ask you to complete a referral form with some basic details and then we will have time to talk.
In this session I will also suggest a simple Creative Arts therapy exercise we can use with miniature figures to help you show something of your current situation and how you might want it to change. There will be time in the session to then reflect on the exercise together. People often find that creating a simple visual representation of their situation can help reveal and clarify thoughts and feelings and highlight important themes and priorities.
Engaging in therapy is a commitment of both time, energy and money. So it is important after this first session that rather than making an immediate decision we both to take some time to think about whether it would be helpful to work together. We can arrange a follow up discussion by phone or email in the following week.
For information about the cost of therapy please see the paragraph on Fees at the bottom of this page).
After the First Session
If we decide to work together we will agree to meet for a specific number sessions usually 6-8 initially and then review progress, at which point we can agree a further block of sessions.
We will have a written agreement that outlines how often and when we have agreed to meet, fees we agree, what happens if a session is cancelled , confidentiality, responsibilities of the therapist and expectations of clients.
How often do we meet and for how long ?
In order to build a therapeutic relationship it is usual to meet once a week for an hour as a minimum.
The number of sessions someone has will very much depend on their needs and circumstances. If the need is for support through a crisis and focused on your present situation, therapy may only last a few weeks. If the focus of therapy is on longer term issues ,more sessions are likely to be needed perhaps over several months or longer.
Having periodic reviews gives us a chance to take an overview of how therapy is going, whether the focus is useful or whether there needs to be a change.
Other therapeutic approaches
In addition to Creative Arts Therapy ( see About Creative Arts Therapy) I integrate a number of other therapy approaches into my practice as and when appropriate to the needs of the individual.
Sometimes (particularly if they have experienced trauma), people may need information to help them understand their emotions and their coping strategies, and skills to help them achieve some sense of safety, and stability, and to be able manage their emotions in day to day life.
For some this may be solely what they want from therapy.
Others may need to do this ‘groundwork’ to prepare them for work on longer term issues in therapy. The other therapy models I use include:-
For more information:
just click here to visit Compassionate Mind Foundation
just click here to visit article on Compassion Focused Therapy for Trauma
For more information:
just click here to visit Psychology Today on DBT
For more information:
Just click here to visit Bemindful
I feel it is important that finances are not a barrier to therapy, and offer a sliding scale of fees that aims to to be fair and at the same time recognises the value of the work we do together.
If you have any concerns or questions about fees I am always happy to discuss your individual circumstances with you when we have our first meeting, so that we can work out an arrangement that is fair and workable for both of us.
Below is the scale to guide each individual in making their decision about what they will pay.
£30 for income below £15,000 per year
£35 for income between £15,000 and £25,000 per year
£40 for income between £25,000 and £30,000 per year
£45 for income for income between £30-35,000 per year
£50 for income between £35,000-£40,000 per year
£55 for income between £40,000-£45,000 per year
£60 for income between £ 45,0000=£50,0000 per year
£65 for income over £50,0000 per year