Frequency, Cancellations and Holidays

Therapy tends to work best when there is commitment and regularity from both of us. We will normally meet once or twice a week at the same time. It is sometimes appropriate for sessions to be more or less frequent than this.

Each session is fifty minutes; if you arrive part way through your allotted time, I will see you for the remainder of the time.

I work with the condition that you will pay the full fee for any session that is missed or cancelled. This allows for regularity of sessions, without which it can be difficult to enter the process of therapy. If you are away, I offer phone or Skype sessions. You may, with a week’s notice, miss up to two sessions a year without being charged. It is important that you understand this and agree to it before starting therapy with me.

In addition, I tend to have a break three times a year, in December, spring and in the summer; this usually amounts to between nine or ten weeks off a year. I will inform you well in advance of any weeks I am away and will try to give a minimum of 48 hours notice of any cancelled sessions.

Long Term

Long term, open ended therapy offers the opportunity to explore your feelings, behaviours and patterns of thinking and helps bring awareness to how your past may have had an impact on your current situation. It also allows us space to consider what kind of life you want and the ways you might be able to take action to build such a life. The sessions last fifty minutes and take place once a week, sometimes more, at the same time and place.

Short Term

Short term work is a minimum of twelve sessions, once a week, and will allow us to address a specific issue, goal or relationship. If appropriate I may offer you practical exercises based on mindfulness that you can use inside and outside sessions to help you manage a specific problem.

Initial Meeting

In our initial meeting I will ask you what brings you to therapy and what you hope to get out of it. I may also ask about your history and relationships. This is also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you might have about therapy, how I work, and to get a sense of whether I feel like the right therapist for you.

If we agree to work together, it is useful to establish an initial time frame even though this can change as the work unfolds.

Skype or Phone

If people are unable to meet in person on an ongoing basis, it is sometimes possible to work on Skype or over the phone after an initial face-to-face session.

Session Fees and Payment

I charge between £60 and £80 per session depending on the time of day and your income. Evening sessions are more expensive.

I prefer to be paid every session by either cash or cheque.

I will give you advance notice of any increase in fees. I review my fees annually in April.

I have a number of spaces for those who cannot afford my fees. Please mention this when you first get in touch. There is currently a waiting list for these places.

Location

I work from two places:

Willen House, Old Street

8-26 Bath Street, London, EC1V 9DX

Spiral Holistic Therapy Centre

2 Shelburne Road, Islington, N7 6DL

How To Get There

Old Street

  • By London Underground:

    Old Street (Northern line)

  • By Rail:

    Hoxton  (London Overground)

    Shoreditch High Street (London Overground)

  • By Bus:

    Buses 55, 243, 214, 43 and 205 have stops close to Old Street underground station or on City Road.

  • Accessibility

    There is a ramp for wheelchair access into the building. My consulting room is on the ground floor.

Islington

  • By London Underground:

    Holloway Road and Finsbury Park (Piccadilly Line)

  • By Rail:

    Drayton Park

  • By Bus:

    Buses 17, 29, 43, 91, 153, 253, 254, 259, 271, and 393 all stop nearby.

  • By Car:

    Parking is restricted from Monday to Friday 8.30am-6.30pm and Saturday 8.30am-1.30pm.

    Please note that there are additional restrictions when Arsenal are playing a home match: Monday to Friday 18.30- 20:30, Saturday 13.30-16:30,  Sundays and Bank holidays 12:00-16:00. See www.arsenal.com for more details.

    There are one hour free parking bays on Holloway Road, two hours free parking for customers in the Waitrose car park, two hour pay and display parking bays on Loraine Road and Hornsey Road, and all day pay parking at the Sobell Centre (entrance on Hornsey Road opposite Arthur Road).

  • Accessibility:

    To the 2nd floor – 34 steps; to the 3rd floor – 51 steps.

    There is a therapy room on the ground floor that is accessible for wheelchair users.

Please contact me if you require any further information.