When you get in touch, I may suggest that we have a brief telephone conversation in order to get a sense of the types of problems that you are experiencing. We will then set up a convenient time to meet either online or in person for an initial consultation. During this first session, I will take a history of your current difficulties and also explore the key aspects of your childhood and adult life with you, including any previous psychological treatments and your hopes for therapy going forward. This will take place within a comfortable and safe setting, where your confidentiality is of the utmost importance.
If you have not seen a psychotherapist before, this can be a daunting experience. Having seen many patients over the years in various forms of distress, sadness or anxiety, I will do my best to put you at ease so that you can talk comfortably about your difficulties with someone you feel you can trust.
I am generally able to offer a recommendation for treatment at the end of our first meeting. On some occasions, it may be necessary to meet more than once in order to complete the assessment and decide upon a treatment plan. I am able to work in person, online, or using both methods in combination.
In most cases, I will suggest that we start to meet for once weekly psychotherapy sessions. This may be on an open-ended basis, or we may agree to meet for a limited number of sessions in order to address a specific issue. It can sometimes be helpful to increase to more frequent sessions at a later point, but this is not necessary for everyone.
I have good command of French, Spanish and Italian and welcome international clients. Having worked previously with the deaf community, I also have basic proficiency in British sign language (BSL) and welcome deaf or partially hearing clients.