Frequently Asked Questions
I am based in East Manchester, just over 3 miles from Piccadilly Train Station, and Ashton-Under-Lyne Bus Station.
There are frequent buses from either station, and plenty of on-street parking on the surrounding roads.
Do you work with couples?
Yes, I work with couples and individuals. Initially we will contract for 4 sessions, this can be increased, if you feel that you would like more support.
How long is a session, and how do I book?
An initial assessment is 60 minutes.
Subsequent sessions are 60minutes with individuals, and 90 minutes with couples.
There is the possibility to have longer sessions, or more sessions during the same week: fees will be charged accordingly.
You can book a session by calling or sending an email.
How much do you charge?
For a 60 minutes assessment:
£60 per 60 minute session for individuals.
£100 per 90 minute session, for couples.
My reduced fee spaces are currently taken.
All bookings remain provisional until you have paid.
Once we have agreed, the date and time of our FIRST session, I will hold that space for 24 hours to give you time to pay.
For subsequent sessions, I ask that you pay, 7 days before each session, via bank transfer.
Non-payment, for a first session, will be taken as a cancellation. For subsequent sessions, the cancellation policy applies.
I experience increases in the associated costs of being a therapist, i.e. insurance, supervision, advertising etc. and this may be reflected in an increase in my fees, which I review annually.
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 work online
Yes, currently I use the Zoom platform.
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 have clients who prefer to work on a long term basis. Essentially, our work together will be tailored to your needs, and you'll have as many sessions as you need to achieve your desired outcome.
Short term work with individuals, usually takes between 8 and 12 sessions.
For couples therapy, we usually agree to between 4 and 15 sessions, which can be adjusted, as required.
Long term work is open-ended, but punctuated by regular reviews.
Counselling and psychotherapy require commitment: to regular attendance, to being open, to processing outside of sessions. However, you are under no obligation to continue in therapy, and 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 of the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (membership no. 00919098).