A few common questions

Here are some common questions that people ask about therapy, and working with me. Please feel free to contact me directly to discuss any questions you may have.

Where will I see you?

I work from a dedicated room in my home in Leith, Edinburgh. The room is comfortable and private. Here is a photo of the room.

therapyroom

There is free on-street parking outside the building, and many bus routes within a 5 minute walk (Lothian bus numbers 7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 21, 22, 34, 36, 200 and 300). The room is on the ground floor (there are two steps up to the front door). However, the bathroom is down one flight of stairs, which means that the space is not accessible.

How does therapy begin?

You can contact me for the first time via email or phone, and I will get back to you to arrange a time for a private telephone conversation. The first time we talk, we’ll have a short conversation that can include some information about you and what is bringing you to therapy, and I will answer any questions you may have. If we decide to proceed, we can then agree a date and time that suits us both to meet in person.

First sessions can vary quite a bit, and are led by the needs and interests of clients. You can go at whatever pace you need to go at, and this can be very slow.  Note: The usual hourly rate applies for this first session.

How much does it cost?

Sessions are normally 1 hour long, and the cost for an hour is £63.00. I usually meet with clients once a week, but other patterns of meeting are possible (for example more than once a week, or for longer than an hour). When working with couples, I work in 1.5hr sessions, the cost is £108 per session.

How long do people usually stay in therapy?

There is no fixed schedule for therapy and no usual length of time: this is definitely a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question. Therapy can last a long time or a relatively short time depending on what type of issues are being addressed. Usually people know when they are ready to move on from therapy.

Do you work with couples?

Yes. Sessions with couples are a minimum of 90 minutes, and a 90-minute session costs £108.00.

Is what I say in therapy confidential?

Yes. In line with the ethical frameworks of UKCP (pdf) and BACP (pdf), your privacy and confidentiality will always be foundational to our therapeutic relationship.

Can I arrange therapy for someone else?

Sorry, no. Going into therapy is a big step that people need to be able to take themselves. I am happy for you to contact me if you would like information, but anyone who would like to go into therapy with me needs to contact me themselves; I need to talk directly with the person involved before making an appointment.