Frequently Asked Questions
I am based in East Manchester and Stockport.
In Stockport, I rent rooms at:
South Manchester Centre For Psychotherapy
6a Moor Top Place
SMCP is 1.5 miles from Stockport town centre.
There are regular trains from Manchester (journey time of between 8 and 10 minutes) and Stockport (journey time of between 3 and 4 minutes). Heaton Chapel train station is around 10 minutes walk from the SMCP.
Heaton Moor is served by busses 22, 47A and 197.
Parking - There is ample on street parking on the surrounding streets, and affordable parking at the Cooperative Supermarket carpark, opposite Moor Top Place.
How do I book a session?
You can send me an email.
Do you work with couples?
Yes, I work with couples and individuals. If necessary, as part of the process, I may see each partner for individual sessions as well. Initially we will contract for 15 sessions, this can be increased, if you feel that you would like more support.
How much do you charge?
I charge £40 per 50 minute session for individuals and £45 per session for couples.
I accept payment in advance, by bank transfer. A booking remains provisional until you have paid.
If, after our initial meeting, we decide to work together, I ask you to pay for two sessions in advance. You will then pay on a weekly basis but remain one week ahead, and wont pay for your final session.
I review my fees annually, in September.
What is your cancellation policy?
I ask that you agree to give me 48 hours notice if you need to cancel a session. If you do not give 48 hours notice, the full fee will become payable before the next session.
Do you offer online sessions?
Personally, I prefer to work on a face to face basis with new clients. Once, a therapeutic relationship has been established, I will be happy to work online, on occasion i.e. if you have to travel but would still like to have your session.
How many sessions must I have?
I've had clients who found that a single session was all that they needed to kick start the growth that they desired. More commonly, I've had clients who preferred to work on along term basis. Essentially, our work together will be tailored to your needs, and you'll havve as many as you need to ahieve your desired outcome.
Short term work with individuals, usually takes between 6 and 12 sessions.
For couples therapy, we usually agree a block of up to 15 sessions, which can be adjusted, as required.
Long term work is open-ended, but punctuated by regular reviews.
Counselling and psychotherapy require commitment, but you are under no obligation to continue with the process. When you feel ready to end the contract, I ask that we do this in a planned way, in a face to face session so that we can tie up any loose ends.
Are you a member of any professional organisations?
I am a member (membership no. 3720) of UKATA (the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis) and adhere to their code of ethics for professional practice. UKATA, is an organisational member of The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (membership number - 434665).