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Not sure how to get help?

The idea of taking that first step can seem really overwhelming but it doesn’t need to be. Sometimes, just knowing what’s going to happen can give you the confidence to reach out. These are the steps for solo sessions, but they are basically the same for couples counselling as well.

Getting Started
  1. Book a FREE chat - Click here to take the first step. We’ll talk for just a few minutes about what you’re hoping to get out of therapy and if I think I’m a good fit.

  2. Initial consultation - Following our first chat, we'll schedule a convenient time for an introductory session where we can get to know each other and delve deeper into your needs.

  3. Setting goals - In our first standard session, we'll outline our goals and set a regular meeting time that aligns with your pace.

  4. Regular sessions - During our consistent chats, we'll navigate challenges and celebrate successes as we work towards healing.

  5. Personalised tools - Your therapy is a personal journey. So, we’ll only go as fast as feels comfortable for you and try approaches that sound manageable and effective for your lifestyle.

 

See? Nothing too intense and we’ll work into the heavy stuff when you’re ready. All you need to do is get in touch and begin this therapeutic process.

FAQs

Navigating the world of mental health can be filled with uncertainties but I’ve tried to answer all the questions you might ask. However, I am just a message away. So, if you have an inquiry that’s not listed below, please contact me.

  • What is psychotherapy, and how can it help me?
    Psychotherapy or just 'therapy' is a collaborative process between me (a trained professional) and you (my client) It’s based on communication and seeks to create understanding, healing and personal growth. It’s a judgement-free zone where you can share your thoughts, feelings and experiences. Together, we‘ll look for patterns, explore challenges and develop strategies to manage life's ups and downs.
  • What are your qualifications and experience?
    I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of East London with First Class Honours and a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Group Work with a Certificate in Counselling Skills from the Centre of Therapy & Counselling Studies. Beyond that, I have earned The Grove’s Certificate in Couple/Relationship Therapy accredited by COSRT at Level 5. Learn more about me here.
  • How long is each session, and how often are they scheduled?
    Typically, individual sessions are 50 minutes while couples are 60 minutes with an initial 1.5-hour couple intro session. However, everyone's needs and schedules vary, so let’s find the right rhythm for you.
  • What is the difference between the therapeutic modalities you offer?
    CBT, Gestalt and Attachment Theory are explained in detail here. The core element of my practice is that I’ll always use the right therapy or combination of treatments for your unique needs.
  • How is confidentiality maintained?
    Everything we talk about is confidential. All notes and online tools are maintained and stored securely in line with established standards. If you ever have concerns or questions about your privacy or the information you've shared, please talk to me about them.
  • What is the cost per session?
    Individual online counselling session: £60 Individual in-person counselling session: £65 Couples counselling session: £80
  • What should I expect in our first session?
    We'll start by getting to know each other. I'll introduce myself and explain a bit more about my approach. Then I’ll look to understand your reasons for seeking therapy, any goals you might have and the challenges you're currently facing. We’ll see how well we communicate and if you feel comfortable with me. Next, I’ll share the confidentiality, boundaries of our professional relationship and administrative details that are crucial for our work together. At the end, we’ll talk about setting future appointments and any reflections to take away.
  • How do I know if therapy is working?
    In short, therapy is working if you see noticeable progress towards your goals. (And we’ll set those together.) I’ll always keep detailed notes along the journey so that we can refer to where we’ve gone together.
  • How do online sessions work, and are they as effective as in-person sessions?
    The best therapy sessions are the ones you can commit to consistently. Offering online, nights and weekend sessions helps people make time for regular chats. Plus, you may find it easier to talk openly with a bit of physical distance.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    My cancellation policy is part of the therapeutic contract I will share with you before our first session. In general, if you foresee a scheduling conflict, please reach out as early as possible. I will always do my best to accommodate your needs. Sessions that are cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice or missed sessions, will be charged at the full rate.
  • How do you handle emergencies or crises outside of session hours?
    I do not offer crisis support or out-of-hours therapy. If you are in immediate danger, please call emergency services on 999 in the UK. If you need 24/7 support, please call the Samaritans at 116 123 or visit their website for more contact options.
  • How long does therapy typically last?
    Everyone’s journey is unique but in the first few sessions, you should feel a sense of relief with some little changes happening. After 12-18 sessions, it’s likely you’ll have made most of the desired short-term changes in your life. If you’re grappling with deep-seated patterns, trauma or multiple challenges, you may choose to continue your therapy for years. Let’s talk about your goals together and create a plan.
  • What resources (books, apps, etc.) do you recommend for someone like me?
    Over the years, many clients have found the following resources helpful: Books The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk "Feeling Good" by David D. Burns "Attached" by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller Apps Headspace for meditation and mindfulness MoodNotes to track moods and understand emotional patterns Calm for sleep stories and breathing exercises Websites PsychCentral with articles, quizzes and forums on mental health topics If I think a book, app or website might help; and it’s not on this list, I’ll share the details with you during our sessions.
  • How do you stay updated in your field?
    I’m committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), maintaining relevant professional memberships and keeping up to date with the latest research and techniques.
  • What are the potential risks of therapy?
    While therapy helps most in the long run, initially you may feel distress and unhelpful relationships may shift as you learn to create healthy boundaries. If you’re concerned about something specific, let’s talk about that.
  • How can I provide feedback or express concerns about our sessions?
    If you have any feedback or concerns you can bring them to me during a session or in writing, whichever you prefer. I will always endeavour to address any issues. If you're ever unhappy with the service you receive, please let me know. However, if you feel unable to discuss your concerns directly with me, you may make a formal complaint to my governing professional body, COSCA, here.
  • Where is your office?
    My practice is based at The Life Academy Wellbeing Centre, 3B Greenhill Park, Edinburgh, EH10 4DW. There are detailed instructions on how to find the office here. If you need parking, please let me know in advance or paid on-street parking is available directly outside the building.
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