Frequently Asked Questions
Are you still working during the Covid-19 pandemic?
I am currently working online or by phone, and am aiming to have a majority of clients who would be able to come to my practice room in BS7 for sessions once it is possible. However, I am happy to discuss the idea of working online with clients outside the Bristol area, particularly where there are issues round disability/illness/fluctuating health.
Do you keep a waiting list when you don't have spaces?
I don't keep a waiting list. For me, it's key that enquiries and approaches always come from the client. An important aspect of the psychotherapeutic process is that clients gain confidence in making choices for themselves. For some people, being approached some time after the initial enquiry by a therapist who now has a space can bring up a tendency to try to please others or comply with someone else's perceived need (for example, that the therapist needs to fill a space). This could tip the balance away from the client freely choosing who to work with.
How does online therapy work? Is it very different from in-person sessions?
I am working on Zoom at the moment. Sessions can be locked to ensure confidentiality. Being online has worked better than I could have imagined. It is possible to build depth relationship, and to include body process in the sessions. As a body psychotherapist I will always aim to work in person where possible but am converted to the opportunity that online work brings.
How much do you charge?
Sessions cost £55 for an hour.
I offer some lower cost places but these are currently taken (April 2021).
How often are the sessions?
Sessions are weekly and if possible at the same time each week.
Where do you work?
In normal times I work from home in Bristol BS7.
How do I start?
If you would like to arrange a free introductory meeting of up to 45 minutes, you can call or email me via this site and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
How long does therapy take?
It depends what you want to bring to the sessions; I am open to both long and shorter term work. Whatever your needs, we would review the work during the 6th session to establish whether it was right for you and whether I felt I was the right person for you to work with.
What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
It takes longer to train as a psychotherapist than as a counsellor, and psychotherapy tends to be more in-depth than counselling. However, although there are clear differences in the training, some people use the terms 'counselling' and 'psychotherapy' interchangeably, and there is no absolute agreement about the definitions. It is a confusing area, and questions about training, experience and how someone works can be asked in the introductory session.