Let’s work out the practicals!
You can work with me at whatever frequency best fits your practical needs and financial situation, and you can move flexibly between different session lengths to suit your aims, your style and your budget. If you’ve got insurance cover for therapy, I’d love to help you make the most of it too! This is an important opportunity for your health, strength and resilience. Let’s have an up front chat and work out a way it can work for you!
A cost effective investment
CBT, EMDR, ACT, CFT and coaching approaches have all been developed with deliberate attention to time and cost effectiveness for both immediate and long-term gain. My specialism is in helping people achieve rapid, positive, lasting results by integrating the best of these approaches for maximum potency... well, I'm excited!
You're welcome to experiment to see what length and frequency of session creates best value for you.
Current "Help-in-Covid" offer
While we're all doing our bit to be extra community spirited, I'm offering a discount on as many telephone sessions as I am able, so more people can develop the resilience they need in current times. (CBT has a specific, evidence-based model to build resilience, no less!). If you're self funding and financially struggling, you're welcome to benefit from up to £52 off my regular fees for telephone sessions - not just once, but for as long as you need - for the rest of 2020.
So that I can offer more sessions to people in greatest financial hardship, your integrity about what's affordable to you is much appreciated, and this offer does apply to telephone sessions only at the mo, as I need to look after my hardworking "screen-eyes" !
50 minutes: great for weekly or fortnightly sessions
50 minute sessions with me are £130 per session (before offer).
The standard "therapy hour" of 50 minutes has a solid research base of many decades. This length works really well if you want to ring-fence regular time for your needs and to develop steady progress over a course of weekly or fortnightly sessions - even with a very busy schedule.
This can shift to monthly sessions once we've made a strong start, if you'd like some ongoing mentoring to help your personal and professional development keep going from strength to strength.
70 - 100 minute sessions: great for deeper shifts
If you'd like to move forwards more rapidly, explore things more broadly or heal more fully within each session, then you might like to experiment with 70 - 100 minute sessions. You're welcome to book these in a flexible way, to match your changing needs, and budget.
70 - 100 minute sessions are charged on a pro rata basis. i.e. 70 minutes = £182; 80 min = £208; 90 min = £234; 100 min = £260. If you know you'd really benefit from a longer session but can't afford my usual fee, you're welcome to take advantage of my "Help-in-Covid Offer", at a saving of up to £52 per session on any length.
70-100 minute sessions are my gold standard for deeper insight, shifts and healing, as this gives me the realistic opportunity to help you work through a complex, multi-dimensional issue, make an important breakthrough, or heal a major block "in one go" - even a block that has been holding you back for years.
A longer session also enables me to share a more comprehensive tool-kit of strategies that work best hand-in-hand with each other, and importantly, you'll also have sufficient time for practicing them supportively with me, before applying them in your life outside of sessions, as well as overcoming any particularly challenging fears or dilemmas that realistically need more time.
All of this is likely to give you more empowerment to start using your new found awareness, strategies and confidence in your daily life sooner.
Longer sessions to address trauma, loss, social anxiety and phobia is strongly recommended by research, because of the above factors.
What's included in my fee?
A high percentage of your consultation fee is re-invested straight back into ensuring you have a truly positive, and beneficial experience, and for every hour in session, I typically spend another hour "behind the scenes". Your fee includes;
Weekly practice supervision with external specialists for feedback
Fortnightly professional coaching and mentoring to fine tune my awareness
Regular training workshops to hone the skills I can offer you
My accreditation with leading regulatory bodies
My membership with professional research affiliations
Comprehensive professional insurance
Very well maintained rooms and resources
Mindfulness and personal development workshops to ensure I practice what I teach with integrity
Session preparation, follow up and research time, and the development of engaging methods to help you move forwards
Please feel free to take advantage of a free initial 30-minute telephone conversation to ask me any questions you like, and explore whether we might make a good team match. It’s a good opportunity to discuss your options, without any obligation.
If you have health insurance cover
I’m currently accepting clients with Aviva, WPA, Cigna, Cigna International, CS Healthcare, Healix, Vitality.
Aviva, WPA and Cigna fully fund all range of session lengths with me. Vitality covers shorter focussed sessions and you can also part self fund.
If you have cover that includes integrative counselling, therapy, CBT or EMDR, this is a fantastic opportunity to make the most of! I’m very used to creating a good framework that fits within different policies, so you can capitalise on your allowance.
How many sessions will you need?
For a realistic and focussed framework, CBT research recommends booking an initial 6 sessions. If you’re seeking help with a challenge that’s recently arisen, or you have a few specific aims, then 6 to 10 sessions may well be plenty.
Your willingness to experiment with new ways of thinking and doing things will influence the number of sessions you’ll need. Like developing any skill such as speaking a new language – the more you simply commit to practice, the faster you’ll learn new abilities to help you get where you want to go!
However, rushing adds to stress, as I’m sure you know only too well! This isn’t very therapeutic! So, if you have several needs or goals, many people opt for somewhere between 10 and 20 sessions to help them keep going from strength to strength.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking “how many sessions do I need to fix myself”, but it’s much more helpful to view this as an opportunity for empowerment. We’ll review our work regularly and fine tune as we go, to ensure you get the most out of sessions, whatever number you decide on.
Complex life situations or long standing inner patterns may need slightly longer term assistance to help you truly heal or break free. However, even when people say “I don’t see any way out, or, “I’ve had this problem for as long as I can remember”, there is definitely hope. It’s simply not true that “people don’t really change”. With proper support, focus and openness to change, we all can. The most uplifting song I’ve heard is by Eric Bibb: “see every rock as a boost and every stumbling block as a stepping stone – lift your head and hold your own and keep going on – if someone like me can make it, I know you can.” Yes!