Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect
from a session?
I specialise in individual therapy, so our sessions will be between just you and I. Sessions will last for 50 minutes each. Most of my clients attend at the same time each week, but we will arrange your sessions to suit you. I offer both long-term and short-term therapy, dependent on what you need.
The first session acts as an opportunity for us to meet, discuss the structure of the sessions, talk about what has brought you to therapy, and outline what you want to achieve, along with any goals and benchmarks.
You can expect to find a collaborative partnership in me, someone who will explore and make sense of the problems you are struggling with.
Are you the right therapist for me?
The most important consideration initially is that you feel comfortable talking to me, you believe I care about what you’re experiencing, and you begin to make sense of your issues and experiences. The depth of my training is essential, however the relationship between you and I is equally important.
Availability also needs to fit in line with your requirements. I work Monday-Saturday, including some early mornings and late evenings, so as to accommodate my clients’ lives.
I am qualified, experienced in a range of presenting issues, and a registered member of the BACP (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), BABCP (the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapists), and the BPS (British Psychological Society).
Is therapy right for me?
Therapy is a confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about whatever is on your mind.
Therapy aims to alleviate and make sense of the considerable difficulties we face in life, in understanding ourselves, building and sustaining relationships, achieving our potential, and feeling confident and authentic in our lives.
Through no fault of theirs, most people do not listen to us fully or give us the undivided attention that we deserve. People’s responses are often influenced by boredom, distraction, jealousy or competitiveness. But in therapy, you have someone who is attentively on your side, which not only provides the courage to face up to experiences we might normally avoid, but also lends the headspace to mutually find the clarifications we’ve been looking for. By the therapist listening, asking questions, and making careful suggestions, therapy can lead to discoveries and answers.
What can I talk about?
Some people come to therapy in response to a difficult event, such as a redundancy, divorce or bereavement, or because they feel overwhelmed or stuck. Some seek therapy because they struggling with something in their lives, such as a relationship, their family, self-esteem, motivation, or difficulties at work. Others use therapy as an opportunity to build resilience, explore their experiences, and understand themselves better.
There is no one reason to seek therapy, and there is no such thing as an issue too insignificant to talk about.
What is Integrative Psychotherapy?
Integrative Psychotherapy involves models and approaches which are integrated into one customised intervention according to the client's individual needs.
Integrative Psychotherapy involves both short and long-term therapeutic models; including Cognitive-Behavioural, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Person-Centred Therapy, and Counselling for Depression (CfD). With knowledge in several models, I have the ability to apply different approaches to fit around who you are and what you need.
What is your availability?
My office hours are as follows:
Mon - Fri: 8am - 8pm GMT
Saturday: 8am - 12pm GMT
Appointments can take place in person, remotely or via telephone.
My offices are situated in Marylebone, London, and Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.