After you make contact we will arrange an initial session where we will explore what brings you now and I'll begin to take some history, hear your needs and assess how maybe best to proceed. It's an opportunity for us to meet and for you to get a feel of how our work together may progress - research consistently suggests that the therapeutic relationship is central to client satisfaction and success. I work with this strongly in mind.
After this I suggest you take a few days to decide if you'd like to proceed ... if so we will contract to work together within certain boundaries of time and fees.
Sessions are 50 minutes and usually weekly at the same time.
Fees begin at £60 for individuals and £80 for couples. I have a small number of low cost sessions available in the daytime for those on lower income and students. Please enquire about availability of such sessions at the initial contact.
In East Dulwich I have consulting rooms in a Clinic on Crystal Palace Road SE22 9JH.
They are easily accessible by bus routes 12, 40,176, 185, 63 and P13 all within a 5 to 10 minute walk.
East Dulwich train station is a 15 minute walk.
Parking is available on the street and there is a waiting room.
In Queen's Park I work from The Minster Centre, NW6 6RD a 5 minute walk from Queen's Park or Brondesbury Station which are served by London Overground and the Bakerloo line.
Useful Links/ Information
Below are a few links which may be of use depending on your circumstance.
If you are in need of immediate help:
www.samaritans.org or call 0207 840 3188
www.sane.org.uk or call 0845 767 8000
Websites with general mental health information:
www.mind.org.uk or call 0300 1233 3393
www.rethink.org or call 0207 840 3188
The two key accrediting UK counselling and psychotherapy bodies with information and member searches:
The following two websites have free guided visualisations, audio and exercises:
Tara Brach - combines psychology and Buddhist meditations
Dr.Kristen Neff - psychologist and self compassion proponent
Recommended Self Help Books
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Find Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
This book is based on mindfulness based cognitive therapy and is a good thorough and practical introduction to mindfulness
The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance
Don't be put off by the title! This book is easy to read and full of practical exercises to help you manage your emotions in a healthier way