How it works
The first step is to schedule an appointment using the scheduling calendar here. If this is your first appointment, please book an “assessment session”. An assessment session (90 minutes) is longer than therapy sessions. The session is paid for in advance using the online payment system. You will receive an email that confirms your appointment and payment.
Assessment aims to achieve an in-depth understanding of the problems that you have been facing and the impact that they are having on your daily life. We do this by talking together and if necessary, by filling out questionnaires. Assessment forms the foundation of your therapy plan (called a formulation), so it’s important that it is thorough. The plan is a co-creation, meaning that we collaborate on it together. However, psychological science will offer direction in terms of what therapeutic approach has been shown to work for a given health issue.
The assessment is also the moment when we determine if we should work together. The quality of the therapeutic relationship has been shown to be the most critical factor determining the success of therapy. I aim to offer a supportive and non-judgemental environment for my clients. This initial assessment process allows you to experience my way of working, so that you can make an informed decision about whether I am the right fit for you.
Therapy will then begin. Each session of 50 minutes will have a beginning (where we decide on which aspect of the plan to focus on and review “homework” from the previous session), middle (where we create a space for you to reflect, talk, explore and learn) and an ending (where we review the session and set homework that aims to apply what you have learned to your everyday life). in other words, this is not the type of therapy where you lie on the couch and talk. Rather, it is an active endeavour – there is on-going dialogue, agreed goals, feedback and homework. Together, we monitor your progress towards the goals that we have set.
The number of therapy sessions will depend on your particular concerns. I offer both long and short-term therapy, but we will agree the number of sessions in advance.
All my sessions are conducted online using Zoom. You will receive an email with instructions and a link to the session.
I understand that life gets in the way of our best laid plans. So I’m relaxed about rescheduling your session: managing this is a straightforward process online. However, I respectfully ask that you give at least 24-hour notice for cancellations or rescheduling of the appointment so that the session can be offered to someone else.
If you do not show up for the confirmed appointment or fail to cancel or reschedule your appointment 24 hours prior, then you will be charged for the session.