The fee is £60. Sessions last fifty to sixty minutes.
Payment is normally by bank transfer at the end of the month.
Psychotherapy is an investment and a commitment of one's time and money, if you are interested but concerned about the cost please consider what you can afford and get in touch as I do offer lower cost therapy to people on a low income when I can.
09:00 - 19:00 Monday to Friday
The earliest appointment starts at 09:00 and the latest starts at 18:00, Monday to Thursday.
The first stage is to get in touch, you can call or write an email - whichever you prefer. We will have a brief telephone discussion if you are comfortable talking about yourself we can discuss your problem but if you prefer to do that later, that is fine too. I will let you know what times and days are available and you decide when you would like to come along.
The first session provides you with a chance to talk with me about your problem and see if you would like to work together. We will discuss your problem, practicalities (session times, etc.) and any concerns you may have about therapy. The session will last sixty minutes. Normal fees apply.
The norm is to attend one or two sessions per week. Meeting less frequently is not offered as it is far less effective in creating change. The more often you attend the quicker the work will progress. If you can afford the investment in time and money it is worth considering.
For a rough guide please look at the About Therapy page. It is only possible to make an estimation after a few sessions, once the range and depth of what is troubling you are clear. A minimum of six sessions is standard for counselling.
Therapy ends when you feel ready to leave because you have gained what you wanted. It is your decision, you are under no obligation to stay. You may feel better quicker than expected or you might find you want to invest more time in exploring issues that feel important. Therapy occasionally ends because the patient leaves the area or cannot do the work, this is a difficult situation as it is painful to stop the work prematurely.
Therapy occurs every week on a set day and at a set time - it is a commitment on both sides. It is your slot and will not be given to anyone else. In effect that space is yours, if you chose to attend or not the slot is yours and will need to be paid for. If you are unable to attend on a weekly basis this type of commitment is unlikely to be right for you.
Very occasional cancellations with one week's notice are acceptable and the fee will be waived. Short term cancellations, i.e. two days or less, will be charged for.
I do not work on public holidays or charge for sessions missed on those days. When I am on holiday I do not charge. I take breaks at the following times and provide plenty of notice.
CHOOSING A THERAPIST
Therapy is challenging at times, that's normal but it means it is important to work with a therapist you are comfortable with and who seems trustworthy and professional to you. It is worth visiting or at least having telephone conversations with, a few therapists before deciding which one to work with.
The consulting room in the West Oxford Community Centre is well served by rail and bus as it is near the main public transport hubs in central Oxford. There are bike parking racks and free car parking on site.
My practice in the quiet village of Stanton St. John is on Middle Road next to the village shop.
Car - there is free street parking along Middle Road which is always available.
Bus - there is a village bus service but if you are considering using this please view the timetable first as the service has been cut back.
Cycle - from Oxford there is a quiet route starting in Headington which goes via Forest Hill and takes 30 minutes. Bikes can be locked nearby.
The West Oxford Community Centre (WOCA) has a waiting area, loos and free parking for cars and bikes. There is also a cafe (open school hours only) which is a relaxed place to wait if you arrive early or want to pause somewhere after a session.
Stanton St. John has an exceptionally good village shop; The Talkhouse pub, and Rectory Farm PYO Cafe (seasonal) all serve food and drinks. They offer a pleasant place to wait if you arrive early. Inside the house, there is a loo available but no waiting area.
In my experience, face to face sessions is the most effective way of working. However, occasional telephone or online sessions are possible for established clients. I do not offer email or other modes of psychotherapy.
There is disabled access in WOCA. In Stanton St. John there are a few steep steps and a staircase which could be difficult to negotiate with impaired mobility.
I welcome inquiries, drop me a line. I will do my best to write back to you by the next day.