Firstly, I am happy to see anyone in the UK. I say 'Hampshire and Surrey' for two reasons though.
The first is that having lived in Hampshire and Surrey for many years, I have very good knowledge of services in the area and also have links with a large numbers of other practitioners. Therefore, if during your initial (free) phone consultation I realise I may not be best placed to help you, I will hopefully know a service, or a practitioner, who can.
The second reason is that I do offer face to face sessions in Basingstoke (Hampshire) and Guildford (Surrey), so if after starting therapy you feel that face to face would work better for you, then we then have the option of switching to this. In my experience, the vast majority really like the benefits of online therapy, however, the knowledge that switching to face-to-face is possible I hope is helpful.
Self-funding online sessions for individuals (50 minutes) are £110. Face to face sessions carry an additional £10 charge. More information about fees can be found on my ‘fees’ page.
This is always a tricky question to answer before an assessment, but on average, treatment is between 4-16 sessions.
I see both adults and children (10 years and older)
Yes, I am happy to offer a free brief telephone conversation prior to the first appointment. This can be a good opportunity for you to find out if I can help you. If I can’t, I’ll happily recommend other practitioners or services who I feel would be best placed to assist.
Most appointments are on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday.
I use Zoom Pro and Signal, both approved by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). These are both secure and end-to-end encrypted platforms that help ensure sessions are private.
Yes. Sessions occur through a secure, encrypted video platform. This is generally Zoom Pro or WhatsApp as both offer these high levels of security including end-to-end encryption. In addition, I use a waiting area function on Zoom Pro, so no one else can enter and furthermore, I use a paid Virtual Private Network (VPN) for added security. Finally, for Zoom Pro calls, you’ll receive a new link for each session. All I ask from you, is that you’re able to use a room where you are comfortable to talk in private.
Yes. If you’re not confident in setting up video technology, I’ll be more than happy to give you a call and help you set this up.
Fortunately, I’ve found this to be rare, even during COVID times. However, if there are connection issues then the session time will be extended so that you get your full therapeutic time.
Personally, I’ve found it an incredibly effective medium for clients, and one which many are surprised just how effective it is. Indeed, beyond my clinic, there is a growing body of research showing that CBT delivered online is as effective as face to face CBT. In some cases, the effectiveness is more so, although the reasons for this are uncertain at the moment. A study by Luo et al (2020) analysed 17 studies into online (including video and telephone) therapy collectively (called doing a ‘meta- analysis’) and found that online CBT was as effective as face to face therapy [https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S2589-5370%2820%2930186-3]. This was for depression, but studies also show it’s effective for anxiety too (Morriss et al, 2019 - https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-019-1253-5).
Any questions, about therapy, how online treatment works, or anything else, please feel free to contact me.