First Steps

If you’re thinking you may want my services and need help in working out your next steps, please feel free to take a look through the available options of support- or simply get in touch!

Next steps

Whether you want to be able to talk about your problems to someone who shows understanding and is able to listen and support you in working through this difficult time, or you want a more hands on approach, whereby you feel like you are more able to actively do something to change things, I am able to adapt my approach to meet your needs.


Appointments are usually held between Monday to Thursday, during the day times.

Initial Contact (Stage 1)

Email is usually the most efficient form of initial contact. It is helpful if you could provide a brief description of your main difficulty if you are able (I.e. anxiety, depression, trauma, confidence issues). Please also state whether you are looking to self-fund or use health insurance (if so, which) and whether you would be willing to consider online. I offer both face to face sessions as well as online at different times during the week, so you may prefer to commence therapy within the first available appointment. Please feel free to ask any other questions to help you determine whether you would like to arrange an assessment.

Assessment (Stage 2)

An assessment usually lasts up to 50 minutes. During initial consultation, we will be able to discuss your reasons for contacting, including your needs, goals and expectations. In order to explore whether we will be able to work together, I have some specific questions I will need to ask to help me understand the difficulties you are experiencing and how I can best help you (you do not need to discuss anything in depth that you are not ready for). You will also have the opportunity to ask me any relevant questions. We can then discuss the recommended treatment and available options of support. I can also signpost you to any services that may be able to offer additional support and self-help materials, in which you may find useful. This can be particularly beneficial if you want to do something else to help yourself prior to sessions commencing, or between your sessions. Should you wish to continue working together, we can agree the frequency and duration of your sessions.

Treatment/Therapy (Stage 3)

Once we have agreed the treatment which is most likely to be effective for you, further sessions can be arranged as appropriate. These are usually carried out on a weekly basis, but can be more or less frequent as required and this can also depend on the stage of therapy. Sessions usually last up to 50 minutes. Occasionally some sessions (such as with trauma work, or exposure therapy) may need to be 90 minutes in length, but we would negotiate this only as necessary. At our first or second meeting we will come to an agreement about the number of sessions we want to arrange – maybe initially 4-6 sessions – at the end of which we review therapy and decide upon further sessions. A course of therapy can be between 8 and 20 sessions, but it can also be shorter or longer depending upon your situation and difficulties. Sessions are usually delivered face to face, or remotely via Zoom or telephone. Details regarding workshops and groups can be negotiated dependant upon your requirements.