Frequently asked questions

Where are you based?

I have 2 practices, one in central Hove, about a 10 minute walk from Hove Station and the other in Harley Street, London, W1

How does the process work?

We generally start with a phone conversation which normally leads to an initial assessment

What is an initial assessment?

The purpose is for both of us to:

  • Explore if I am the best person to be working with you
  • Look at the problem you are presenting
  • Discover more about you and your personal history
  • Discuss what you feel you need and want to achieve
  • Consider the best way I can help you
  • Clarify fees and the process and also discuss information on confidentiality
  • Agree, if appropriate, timetable and dates

What kind of issues do you deal with?

  • Organisational Stress/Work-Life Balance
  • Substance/Alcohol Mis-Use
  • Gender Issues/Bullying
  • Depression
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Chronic Illness – HIV/Aids
  • Anxiety
  • Self Harm/Self Esteem

How is it different to talking with a friend?

A Psychotherapist/counsellor has no personal involvement or knowledge of the issue or people involved. They are trained to build an amount of “robustness” in being able to hear and deal with a particularly difficult or distressing issue. This is normally hard for a family member or friend to deal with. They also have been trained and are experienced in dealing with psychological problems.

How can I find out if Counselling / Psychotherapy is right for me?

The initial phone call and assessment will help to establish this. It is important that you have someone experienced in the area you want to explore. Above all you need to feel comfortable and feel able to discuss issues fully with your therapist

Doesn't asking for Counselling / Psychotherapy mean admitting failure?

Paradoxically, it can be seen as an indication of strength to ask for therapy.

Many people think that they are being strong in not seeking help whereas in fact those who can admit to their difficulties could be considered the strong ones.

Asking for counselling often means you have taken the first difficult step on the road to resolving the problem.

What if I still feel ashamed of my problems?

Counsellors do accept that it is natural to want to appear successful and that most of us feel some shame when we have problems and so don't want to advertise our difficulties.

This is one of the reasons we place a great emphasis on confidentiality.

How confidential is counselling?

Counsellors work to a strict Code of Ethics which means they must inform you of the limits of confidentiality and then stick to these rules.

What are the limits of confidentiality?

This varies from service to service but normally everything you say is kept confidential to the counselling service unless there is clear evidence someone may be at a severe risk.

Do I need to be referred?

No, you can contact me direct. Your GP will sometimes suggest speaking to a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and I am happy to look at how I can help in the initial assessment.

How long are the sessions?

Each session lasts 50 minutes.

What does the service cost?

During our initial discussion we will discuss timescales and prices.