If you need urgent help please consider the following:
Samaritans operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year, by calling 116 123. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at email@example.com
Papyrus offer support for children and young people under the age of 35 over the phone on 0800 068 41 41 between 9am – midnight every day of the year. If you would rather text you can do so on 07786 209697 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The best way to contact me is via my email email@example.com, or text/whatsapp 07904 549 493 – I am usually not available to take calls and do not return calls to unknown numbers unless a message is left. I may read your WhatsApp message (double blue tick!) but may take time to reply depending on the time of day and my face to face workload etc so please do not take it personally if I don’t reply straight away. You may also use the contact form at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
November 22nd – Current Availability
During the current national lockdown, I am still able to offer face to face sessions as mental health businesses are specifically exempted in the Government legislation (Statutory Instrument 2020 No. 1200). I will however be attempting to minimise risk by working remotely with clients who do not wish to attend in person and it’s something I will discuss with each client individually. My in person hours are likely to be reduced during November although I will strive to see those clients who are not suited to remote counselling. I can offer to start work remotely with clients with a view to moving to face to face sessions in the future if appropriate.
I do currently have some availability for counselling/psychotherapy, please enquire for details and please state what times/methods will work for you so I can check and offer suitable availability. Thank you.
I am taking supervision enquiries as usual.
If you have any concerns regarding the current pandemic please read my Covid-19 Information Page
Initial assessment appointments last one hour, and any admin such as assessment and paperwork now takes place online either before or after the first sesssion. Payment is also online only, as it has been for some time, and is required to confirm the booking.
Initial sessions (assessments) are simply a chance for us to have a chat in some detail about your concerns, look at how I can help, and discuss practical steps such as frequency and timing of any future appointments.
I am currently working Monday to Friday with first appointments around 1.30pm and last appointments up to 7.30/8pm. On busy days I will be in sessions with clients all day and then tied up with admin and paperwork, so please be patient in waiting for responses from me.
I appreciate that hard times have meant many people have reduced incomes, for this reason I am currently offering a sliding scale of fees – in other words, within certain limits, pay what you can afford/think appropriate for you. Due to my own costs and needs I need to set a minimum of £40 per session, up to a suggested maximum of £80 (if you are on a high income which has been unaffected by the lockdown, higher fees will help me in the recovery of my practice and also help me support those who are on lower incomes, I would hope to lower the suggested minimum fee if enough people pay higher fees to make it work out!). This will be a new way of working for me and I may review it depending on how it works out.
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.
It’s helpful if you can state when you can attend so I can see if it would fit my schedule. Thank you.