Frequently Asked Questions

What is psychotherapy?
 

Psychotherapy offers you a place to examine areas of your life which you would like to change in some way.  We work together to understand these issues, as well as to find new ways for you to be in the world.  Coming into psychotherapy can be daunting at first, however, my aim is to create a non-judgemental, confidential and supportive environment, where we can work at a pace that is appropriate for you.
    
What issues do people talk about in psychotherapy?

Anxiety
Feeling down
Stress
Relationship dynamics
Childhood issues
Abuse
Compulsive behaviour
The effects of substance misuse
The effects of eating disorders
Grief
Sexuality
Anger issues
Trauma
The emotional effects of illness
Self-esteem and confidence issues       
Any area of life that is causing dissatisfaction

Psychotherapy has the potential to help any area of life that you are struggling with.  There is no issue too big, nor too small.  If you are still unsure, please do not hesitate to contact me, and we can discuss in more detail whether psychotherapy could be of help to you.

How much is a session?

Individuals: £50
Couples: £55 for 50 minutes, or £70 for 75 minutes. 

Group Therapy: £35

Individual and Group Supervision: £40

The first session together is free, in order for us to assess whether I am the right therapist for you.    

How long is each session?

Individuals: 50 minutes
Couples: I offer either 50 or 75 minute sessions.  
Group Therapy: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

How many sessions will I need?

The amount of sessions needed will depend on the individual's needs and goals.  I offer both short term, and long term psychotherapy.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations made with 24 hrs or less notice shall be charged half of the usual full fee.  I hope that this policy is sympathetic to the fact that sometimes unavoidable issues arise at the last minute, whilst taking into account that I have limited slots available, and with short notice am not able to offer the appointment to anybody else. 

 

If no notice is given, the full fee is charged.


Do you offer telephone or online appointments?

In certain circumstances, telephone or online appointments may be possible to arrange.  For example, if you suffer from a chronic illness and are unable to attend face to face on a weekly basis.   

Is there parking?

There is free parking available outside the office in Brighton and in Ringmer.


The Brighton office is situated close by a regular bus service, and is only half a mile away from London Road train station. 

When do you work?

I work both during the day, and the evening, and as such I can be flexible about finding a time best suited to you.


What is Transactional Analysis?

TA was first developed by Eric Berne in the 1960s as a theory of personality and form of psychotherapy.  It is a humanistic approach, meaning that at its core is the basic assumption that each person has the same fundamental worth.  Berne wanted to create a theory that was accessible to everyone.  He was originally trained in Psychoanalysis, and had a keen interest in the Behavioural Science movement.  As a result, TA focuses on behavioural change, as well as deeper analysis. 

What is a 'humanistic approach' to psychotherapy?

Humanism believes that each person has the same fundamental worth.  It states that given the right circumstances, people are capable of growth, and achieving their potential.  Therefore, a 'humanistic approach' is one that empthasies respect, and a non-judgemental attitude, while encouraging clients to take responsibility for their choices.

What is a 'integrative approach' to psychotherapy?

This refers to the idea of 'integrating' a number of different therapeutic theories, models, and interventions.  It works on the belief that there is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to therapy, and that different clients may require a different approach to reach their goals.