What I can offer you
The cost is £120 per 50 minute session (paid in advance). My fees reflects my training and experience. This cost covers our session time, note-keeping, reflective practice, and supervision. I can also accept payment through Allianz, Aviva, Axa, Bupa, Healix, Saga, Vitality Health, and WPA insurance*. Depending on your provider I may ask you to pay for sessions directly and reclaim the cost.
Sessions are paid in advance, and I kindly ask for at least one week's notice for cancellations. I will provide you with as much notice as possible if I should need to cancel a session. Non-attended and sessions cancelled within one week are charged at the full rate.
Terms and conditions including details of confidentiality and data protection can be provided from our first point of contact.
* If you are insured with a provider not named here please contact me as I can enquire with them. Costs may differ based on your insurer.
Cost and cancellations
Starting therapy can be scary. It can also be the start of a valuable journey that I would love to support you in.
Psychological therapy is most often a form of talking therapy. This can help you to understand more about yourself, others, and your situation.
Therapy may involve talking about your current experiences, exploring your past, or setting goals and finding solutions to specific issues in your life.
It is likely that we will spend time sitting with any painful or uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, in order to better learn how to cope with them. Although this can be challenging it is the foundation of living with difficult experiences. Due to this it is commonly understood that during therapy it can sometimes feel as though things get worse before they get better.
I can also provide assessment and support for cognitive difficulties (e.g. problems with memory, concentration and attention, dementia, etc.)
What happens during therapy
I offer sessions face-to-face in Bristol, on-line via Skype (I can support you to set this up) or over the telephone.
Session last 50 minutes and take place during business hours (9am to 5pm) on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
I offer weekly sessions and recommend 6 weeks for mild difficulties, 12 weeks for moderate, 18 weeks for severe, and up to 32 weeks or more for severe and complex difficulties. We will regularly review the number of sessions to understand what will work best for you.
Location, length, number of sessions
What is included in the sessions
The first full session will be an assessment session where I learn about what's happening for you, understand some of your history, and start developing goals for our work together.
From there each session will be guided by our shared aims, and will often involve a mixture of talking, practice of skills, and looking at questionnaires (for example, of your mood or thinking skills).
I can also provide neurorehabilitation for changes in cognition (e.g. thinking, memory, concentration skills).
I also provide support with returning to work or returning to previously enjoyed hobbies and activities.
You are free to leave therapy at any time and you do not have to give a reason.
Types of therapy I can offer you
The most important thing a clinical psychologist can offer you is a personally tailored approach that may draw on several different kinds of therapy approaches. I can offer my expertise in advanced doctoral level training in:
• Mindfulness to bring a compassionate awareness to your thoughts and feelings, and soothe the body.
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for understanding your current difficulties and working with any challenging thoughts, feelings, and actions.
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for adjustment, loss, and grief, as well as how to move towards what you value.
• Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for understanding emotion regulation and learning to soothe the mind and body.
• Aspects of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) useful for systemic working, exploring your early relationships, and understanding and improving relationships and interpersonal conflicts.
• Aspects of Schema therapy to explore and address any challenges around attachment, interpersonal skills, and coping.
• Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills for learning how to cope with emotional distress and understanding and improving relationships. Please note that as I do not work in a team I am unable to provide full DBT.