Once you make contact, I’ll get in touch to arrange our first meeting. This is offered free of charge because it’s an opportunity for us both just to get a feel for how it would be to work together and whether I’m the right person to support you. I'll explain how I work and you will have the space to tell me what brings you to therapy at this time. If we both decide to continue and meet again, we’ll confirm details at our next session in a written agreement, which I’ll send to you in advance.
For clients based in the UK that are unable to attend in person, I offer online video sessions on Microsoft Teams. I have completed specific training from the Karuna Institute to enable me to work in this way.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
Evidence shows that clients show steeper therapeutic gains when meeting with their therapist weekly. I believe this is because it offers the best opportunity to develop a close therapeutic relationship, which is central to the work.
With therapy, there’s no set length of time, it varies for everyone. It can last anywhere from six sessions to several months or even years. It’s entirely up to you and depends on what you want and need. Some people come to therapy with a specific difficulty they need to work through and might find six sessions is enough. Other people come to therapy with more complicated struggles and feel they need longer. After we agree to work together, I ask that we commit to 6 further sessions, after which, we will review and decide how we’d both like to move forward.
Research has shown that regardless of the therapeutic approach, the most important predictor of effective therapy is that the client feels they have a good relationship with their therapist. What makes a relationship good will differ for each of us but generally feeling safe, listened to and understood by your therapist results in the most effective therapeutic outcomes. It may be a good idea to speak to more than one therapist to find the right person for you. I am a strong believer in the power of a trusted relationship.