How do I know whether psychotherapy, counselling or life coaching is right for me?
At our initial appointment I will take a client history and discuss your reasons for considering counselling, psychotherapy, or life coaching. This is an opportunity for you to make sure that you are comfortable with the process and for us to make sure that the process will be helpful for you.
What are the differences between psychotherapy, counselling and life coaching?
Although there are overlaps between all three processes, a useful distinction can be whether you choose short-term, long-term or very specific work/health/relationship goals.
Psychotherapy tends to be longer term work with the aim a deeper understanding and awareness of self through self-examination, generally to improve relationship with self and, in turn, others.
Counselling tends to be a short-term exploration of issues happening in a person's life at that moment in time. These could include relationship difficulties such as divorce, dealing with anxiety symptoms, or bereavement.
Life coaching is the practice of supporting a person through the process of achieving specific goals, be they at work, at home, or in a specific life situation.
Are you regulated?
I am fully insured and adhere both to the UK Council for Psychotherapy's ("UKCP") and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ("BACP") Ethical Frameworks for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy. I'm fully accredited by UKCP, am a Member of BACP and am on the BACP Register. In my life coaching work, I comply with the standards developed by the International Coaching Community.
How long will psychotherapy, counselling, or life coaching last?
This varies depending on your goals and needs. I have wide experience of both short and long-term work and we can discuss this at your initial appointment.
When are you available?
I have day and evening appointments available on weekdays. Subject to availability, a regular time and date can be agreed at the initial appointment.
What does it cost?
My fee per session is £70 in both Cobham (near to Esher, Oxshott, Fetcham, Bookham, Hersham, Weybridge and Walton-on-Thames) and at CCPE (Paddington, Little Venice).