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17th November 2017 

Initial contact

Once you make contact with a view to arranging a first meeting, I will aim to get back to you within 24 hours with some suggested dates. Or you can tell me when you are free and I will try to fit in with your available times. If you can be as flexible as possible in terms of time and day that would be helpful, although I appreciate you may want to see me outside of your own working hours.

Location and first session
I currently work in Southfields, Wandsworth, Merton Park, Merton and Sutton, Surrey. Depending on which location you prefer, I will give you precise directions.

All sessions take place in a comfortable, private, quiet room where we will talk about you, your life and the people in it. Research has shown that the quality of the relationship with the therapist is the most influencing factor in therapeutic outcomes so this first session will be to see whether you feel comfortable working with me and whether I might be able to help you. There is no obligation to continue if you decide otherwise.

We will probably not know at this stage whether you wish to work long term - a real exploration into your life - or short term, for example, to gain relief from anxiety and distress so you can cope better in the immediate future, which can often be achieved in the first six to twelve sessions. You don't have to make a decision straightaway; you will know when you are ready to finish.

Continuing
If you decide you would like to come again, we will agree on the time, day and frequency of the sessions, always allowing for some flexibility when unforeseen events intervene. I will give you a short Client Agreement which sets out our commitment to each other, the session fee we have agreed, and emphasises the confidential nature of our work together.

What follows can take any course you choose. I will be interested in how you interact with others and hope that my professional insights will be stimulating as well as supportive, encouraging you to think about and experience your circumstances in different ways.

Psychotherapy is a two-way process; it is not something I 'do' or 'give' to you. Changing aspects of your life is like acquiring a new skill - it requires constant practice, even when you might want to give up. And, whilst it does not suit everyone, it can help you feel better about yourself, be clearer about your situation and highlight your life choices


If you are thinking of having counselling and would like to arrange an initial meeting to see how you feel, please email me via the Website link on the Home Page. Alternatively, if you prefer to speak to me first or have any questions, please call me on 07505 995028

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