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.
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 long is a session, and how do I book?
A session is usually 50 minutes long for individuals and 60 minutes for couples.
In Manchester, there is the possibility to have longer sessions of 75 minutes, fees will be charged accordingly.
You can book a session by calling or sending an email.
How much do you charge?
£50 per 50 minute session for individuals.
£60 per 60 minute session for couples.
I have two reduced fee, time limited places, for clients on low incomes, please ask if this may be of help to you.
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, 48 hours 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 bi-annually.
I won't increase fees whilst we are working together. However, if we end our contract, and later resume working together, my fee at that time will apply.
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 telephone 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 over the phone, on occasion i.e. if you have to travel for work, 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 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, 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 of the following organisations:
UKATA - United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (membership no. 3720).
BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (membership no. 00919098).