Frequently Asked Questions
Contacting a therapist for the first time can daunting and sometimes it can be hard to do. It takes courage. It can feel like a big step into the unknown.
Here is a guide which will hopefully reassure you in this process.
1. Initial contact
I am the only person who accesses this ‘phone and email address. This means that you can be assured of total confidentiality.
When you first get in touch, please leave the following details:
•Your contact email / telephone number
•Any special instructions e.g. convenient times to call, whether it is ok to leave a message when calling etc
I tend to just say I am responding to your enquiry when I leave messages – just in case you don’t want others sharing your number / email address to know you have been in touch.
2. Telephone conversation
This conversation can be brief, and confirm:
•Appointment time and date
It is natural to want to chat briefly and to see if you feel comfortable talking to me.
3. Our first meeting
When we first meet, we will explore what you want to achieve in counselling or psychotherapy. If you’re still not sure which is appropriate, that can be discussed too, as well as any questions you have.
Don’t worry if you are early for your appointment – the locations that I work from have receptions where you can wait. During this first meeting, a decision can be made whether we can work together. You can then arrange the time and day of your regular weekly session.
I offer sessions in Warwick Avenue, close to Paddington. The address of the centre is Beauchamp Lodge, 2 Warwick Crescent, W2 6NE.