Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I get asked a number of questions and I thought it would be helpful to share them.
1. Where are your prices? Why aren’t they advertised?
I don’t offer single sessions at a fixed price. In my experience committing to a programme has proven highly effective in bringing about change. I work hard to ensure that working with me is going to get you the change you’re looking for and so I will do all I can to make sure I’m the right therapist for you and that you’re the client I want to work with. What does that mean? That you’re serious about committing to the work and prepared to invest to get the results.
You can work with me over 2, 4 or 6 months and each programme offers something different and depends on your needs. If you’re looking to try a session to see if you like it then please see number 4. But I take into account every client’s needs individually so I have been known to break my own rules (rules are useful except for when they’re not).
2. Do you only work online?
I offered working online prior to the COVID-19 situation, and then switched to working only online. A lot of people have found it a really positive experience with some finding it more useful and beneficial than working in person. It also means that I’m able to offer my work to those whose geography means that it would be physically difficult or unwelcome to work in-person.
I have no immediate plans to work in-person although I have done so since lockdown restrictions were lifted in 2022.
3. Isn’t it less effective working online?
No. It’s different. But it’s no less effective. In many ways, it can be even more effective. If you’ve never worked online then now is a great opportunity to try it. Logistically, it means fewer issues with parking, and of course, there is no travel time. As I record all of our sessions for you to listen to it makes that very simple.
4. I just want to ‘try’ one session to see if I like it. Why don’t you do this?
In my experience, it’s not helpful. You might not enjoy that session, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t helpful or effective. I want you to give yourself the best opportunity to start the process of change and that’s why I work this way – which is a commitment of time as well as a financial commitment. I want you to be committed to the change that you are looking for. There are different packages that will reflect what your needs are.
However, I recognise that you may want to invest in yourself in a different way so if you’re looking for something different then let me know.
5. But how do I know you’re the right person for me?
By having a conversation before you commit to the work. I am not interested in ‘selling’ therapy. I work with people who are ready to invest time in getting the changes they are looking for and who are committed to doing the work, especially when it’s challenging. I don’t fix you and I don’t tell you how to live your life and therapy isn’t something I do to you – we work together in a professional and committed way based on mutual respect so that we can get the best outcome possible.
6. Do you do hypnosis? Is it like that stuff I’ve seen on stage?
I don’t do hypnosis. I trained as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist so if there’s something in that toolbox that I believe would be useful and effective then of course I’ll use it. It’s nothing like stage hypnosis. Sorry.
7. Why do you record the sessions and what does listening back offer me?
I’ve been recording sessions for years now and it gives you the opportunity to reflect on what we explored, to give you a different perspective and to allow you to discover, for yourself, your patterns and behaviours. This is much more powerful than me simply pointing it out and clients have often told me how useful it was to be able to listen to the session and to be able to see the difference in themselves over the sessions.