1. Online Therapy and Counselling
I work regularly online, via video call, with clients based in the UK and abroad and have done so for several years. I would like to share with you how it works and why it could be right for you. It’s not for everyone, but it is worth considering if it could be for you, as in my experience, clients working online tend to get the changes they seek.
Is it the same as face to face? – Yes and no is the honest answer.
With everything in life there are pros and cons and so I’ve addressed these here as honestly as I can.
For some people there can be no substitute for the human to human interaction and I agree, totally. But for many, getting support online offers a pragmatic solution. Let’s look at why that might be so and how online support works click here for full information.
2. Face to Face Sessions for Individuals and Couples
All the rooms I use are inviting, comfortable and relaxing, naturally lit and quiet. Each commercial location has a welcoming waiting room with friendly receptionist and parking is available either onsite or nearby, with other amenities close by.
I work with both individual adults and couples. Many people feel more connected working face to face in a private, comfortable and purpose created environment. We are social beings after all and many of us do like to feel that human connection. We respond well to seeing full body language, clear facial expressions and feeling positive energy that being in the same room offers.
Working face to face in a neutral space for clients can also be important, away from routine, distractions or associations with people or place. So, taking clear time out and a change of environment can be highly beneficial.
If travelling or unable to make a face to face session, we can also mix it up and have some session face to face and some online.
3. Clinical Supervision
I lecture REBT/CBT at the College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in both London and Bath. I have a wide range of experience of applying both pure REBT and working integratively with REBT, particularly combining REBT with Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focussed Therapy and Mindfulness approaches.
As a supervisor I work both face to face and online.
There are many reasons why you might seek counselling and psychotherapy although it is likely that you are doing so because you are experiencing personal pain.
It may be that you want to gain personal insight, deal with a life adversity, overcome an enduring or pervasive issue, improve your quality of life, change something that just isn’t working in your life or purely for personal development.
Here are some thoughts on other benefits:
Free Initial Consultation
All new clients can book a free 15 minute initial telephone consultation where we can discuss why you are seeking support and how I might be able to help you.
Per 50-55 minute session:
Guildford, Godalming & Billingshurst
Individual – £80 – £100
Couple – £100
Clinical Supervision (60 minute session)
Online or face to face – £80
& Low cost Fees. I offer a limited number of concessionary rate CBT sessions for those unable to afford private therapy fees. Please contact me for more details.
I reserve the right to charge for missed sessions and sessions cancelled without 48 hours’ notice. Please note that first appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice will be charged.
A personal value of mine is ‘giving back’. I am so passionate about CBT — its ability to change and enhance lives for those who really want change — that I believe it should be widely available. Not everyone can afford private therapy fees or has health insurance for CBT. And although CBT is offered on the NHS, there is limited availability. Also, you cannot choose the therapist you see or extend sessions.
I offer a limited number of concessionary rate CBT sessions for those unable to afford private therapy fees. Please contact me for more details.
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
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