November 17th – Current Availability
I am now currently closed to new clients until January. If you wish to make an enquiry about an appointment in January, please note I will finish for my annual Christmas retreat on Friday December 20th and will return on Monday January 6th 2020. I will not be accessing my emails between those dates.
I am still available up to Friday 20th December should former clients wish to return for any ad hoc sessions etc or to look at re-commencing therapy.
I am available upto Friday 20th December for supervision enquiries from both qualified and trainee counsellors, and usually offer a free initial meeting to assess if we’re a good fit.
My usual working days in Manchester are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I mainly work afternoons and evenings with first appointments around 1.30pm and last appointments up to 7.30/8pm. I usually check my emails twice a day on working days, before and after clients and will usually reply the same day, though please allow 48 hours (I am not usually able to respond to emails on Thursdays or weekends).
Initial individual sessions are 1.5 hours and cost £60. I may be able to negotiate lower fees for those on lower incomes, please ask about this when you enquire. For more information see my fees page.
Please note that payment is required at the time of booking to confirm appointments. This will be refunded/carried over if cancellation or rescheduling is requested with sufficient notice (24 hours or more).
I am a very busy full time professional therapist with a wealth of experience, and have a reputation and track record of helping people through a wide range of problems and concerns. The downside of this is that at times my service is very heavily oversubscribed, and there are only so many clients I can see before the quality of my service starts to suffer, as this can be very demanding work and I would rather give the best possible service than see as many clients as possible as this would be no good either for myself or my clients. Unfortunately this means I usually cannot see people at short notice and sometimes do have a wait time for new client appointments.
I try to keep my availability updated here. I do get cancellations and clients ending, and sometimes availability does arise at shorter notice. If you are particularly interested in seeing me, I can book appointments well in advance, or can add you to my standby waiting list and contact you should availability come up.
I appreciate that many people wish to see a therapist at short notice, and I apologise in advance if I will be unable to fit you in and wish you the very best in finding the right help for you.
“Assessments” (or initial sessions) are simply a chance for us to have a chat about what’s bothering you, look at how I can help, and discuss practical steps such as frequency and timing of any future appointments, as well as doing any required paperwork if you decide to proceed. To ensure we have adequate time these sessions usually last 1.5 hours.
Please note that I request advance payment to secure assessment appointments. I do this because this is my full time business and any sessions that are booked and then not attended usually mean I have turned other people away and end up with lost time that I could have have used 3x over – in the past this has threatened my ability to keep doing this important work as a counsellor, thank you for your understanding!
I may have other availability for new client assessments but my diary can be quite fluid depending on cancellations etc, please enquire for details as occasionally I have slots at short notice. It’s helpful if you can state when you can attend so I can see if it would fit my schedule. Thank you.
PHONING IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME – The best way to contact me is by email , firstname.lastname@example.org, WhatsApp (07904 549 493) or by using my contact form below. You can also send enquiries via text to my mobile 07904 549 493 although I have found that texts aren’t always reliable!). I aim to respond to enquiries within 48 hours at most but usually within a few hours depending on time of day/week. It has come to my attention that from time to time texts and emails fail to arrive, which is beyond my control – if you contact me and don’t hear back from a text or email after 24 hours, it will be because I have not got your message for some reason – in such cases please telephone and leave a voicemail with your details! Though please note I sometimes get voicemails from withheld numbers where the number given in the voicemail is unintelligible as the signal breaks up while the voicemail is being left so again, if you don’t hear back please try again.
Due to my working patterns, phoning can be the slowest way of contacting me – I spend a lot of time in sessions with clients, or in a public place, so I am often unable to answer the phone and will wait until I can speak privately before I call back in order to maintain confidentiality. I will not return unknown missed calls so please do leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible or text to let you know when I can call. It’s for this reason that I suggest using either WhatsApp or my email contact form/email as I can usually get back to you much more quickly!
You do not have to give me lots of information, although may add a little background info if you wish. It can be very helpful if you mention what sorts of times you are looking for as this helps me to respond with appropriate availability.
Please be assured that I treat all emails and other enquiries as confidential information.