Frequently asked questions

How do I make an appointment?

Contact us by email, by using the online contact form or get in touch by phone 07707 654 660.

How much does it cost?

Fees are session by session. Click on the Fees tab for full details. Payment is accepted by cash or by balance transfer.

What is your availability?

Appointments are offered in the evenings.

Who do you treat?

I work with people aged over 18 who would like to engage in this type of therapy. This might be because they are experiencing a mental health problem, long term physical health problem or because they want to improve their wellbeing. See the problems area for more information.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions varies and depends on the nature, severity and duration of your difficulties. Usually CBT lasts for between 6 to 20 sessions. Most commonly people attended for between 6 and 12 sessions. We will discuss this at your first session.

How often will I need to attend?

Initially weekly sessions are recommended. This will allow you to create a pace in making changes in your life. Towards the end of therapy we may discuss spacing out the sessions fortnightly or so, to give you more time to practise the skills you have learnt.

How long are the appointments?

Appointments usually last 50 minutes. By prior arrangement we may have some double sessions for particular parts of treatment. As treatment progresses review sessions for example by phone or Skype may only need to be 30 minutes.

Where do the sessions take place?

Appointments take place on Skype or over the telephone. We have recently relocated and will shortly be offering face to face sessions in Somerset.

Do you work with young people aged 17 who will turn 18 in the next 6 months (or less)?

I only see clients who are aged 18 or over when they first contact me. As I am trained and experienced in working with adults. CBT can help young people. This involves a different set of skills and training. Your GP will be able to help and refer you to appropriate services.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is an effective talking therapy. You can find out more about CBT on our page.

Will CBT work for me?

As with most things in life, you will not be able to answer this until you try. CBT will ask you to reflect on your behaviour and thoughts, then be active in making changes in your life.

There is lots of evidence that CBT is effective for a wide range of difficulties. So much so, that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend it as a treatment for depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, OCD and PTSD.

We will monitor and review your progress regularly; if we discover you are not making the improvements you would like, we can discuss why this might be and plan together what to do next.

What if I cannot attend an appointment?

If you realise you are unable to attend a session please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible. Any appointment cancelled with less than one full working day (24 hours) notice or not attended will be changed at the full price. Appointments for Monday need to be cancelled on Friday to avoid being charged.

Is everything we discuss confidential?

Discussions in therapy are confidential. As part of my professional development and a requirement of maintaining accreditation, I discuss my work with my supervisor who is bound by the same ethical guidelines regarding confidentiality as I am.

I will not break confidentiality outside of this unless I am concerned about you being at risk or others being at risk. In those circumstances I will reserve the right to inform appropriate external agencies including your GP. I will make every effort to discuss this with you beforehand.

Who will know about our sessions?

It is up to you whether you tell your friends or family you are having CBT. I will ask for the name and contact details of your GP and would only contact them with your permission.

The only exception to this being as explained above if I am concerned about there being a risk to you or someone else. Additionally if you need help in an emergency your GP would be your first port of call.

What does BABCP Accredited mean?

The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accredits therapists who have met their training, clinical experience and supervision requirements and who commit to meet the BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.

As a BABCP accredited therapist I have met these requirements and have committed to continue to receive regular supervision and attend regular training to ensure I keep up to date with the most effective strategies to help you make changes in your life.

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Do I have to attend in person?

We can also offer CBT on the telephone and on Skype, contact us for more information.

How do I get started?

Contact us by telephone on 07707654660 , email or the contact page on this website.

We can then arrange to speak for 15-20 minutes on the telephone for in free initial consultation which will allow us to discover whether CBT might be suitable for your difficulties.

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