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Frequently Asked Questions and Contact Details
What would be the first step?
You would get in touch with me by calling 020 8566 3082 or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org - both methods are confidential. It is fine to leave a message on my answerphone if I'm not able to take the call - I will contact you as soon as I can. At this stage, I can answer any initial questions you may have.
Following this, if you feel you'd like to give counselling or psychotherapy a try, we would arrange to meet for an initial session. This appointment could last up to 2 hours, to give you plenty of time to ask questions and to work out how comfortable you feel with me. It also allows me sufficient time to ensure I can give you the best help possible. If you decide to go ahead, we would then fix an appointment to start the course of therapy.
If, after this first session, you decide you'd prefer not to work with me, I can help by referring you onwards to another counsellor or psychotherapist, or by suggesting other things that may be able to help you.
How long will I have to come for?
This depends on a number of things such as what difficulties you are experiencing, how motivated you are and how often you have appointments. Sometimes it can be a few months, sometimes a few years.
Some people will need appointments more regularly than others, but weekly sessions are most usual. As time goes by, we may agree you need appointments less frequently and this can easily be arranged.
How quickly can I expect some results?
Although you will probably begin to feel better relatively soon after starting counselling or psychotherapy, it is quite likely the underlying problem will take some time to work on. For many people, there is a long history behind what has brought them to seek help and it simply isnt realistic to expect a quick fix. Some people may need sessions for a few weeks or months, others for a few years.
How much does it cost?
For individual clients, my current fees are £45 for 50 minutes. Fees for teenagers are £50, which includes regular reviews with parents or guardians. These prices are negotiable in cases of genuine hardship. The initial 2 hour session is £50.
For telephone and on line counselling and psychotherapy charges, please see the telephone and on line counselling page.
How do I get to you?
By car: I am located in Hanwell, W7, close to both the A40 and the Uxbridge Road and within easy driving distance of most parts of West London, Middlesex and the M4 corridor. Unrestricted parking outside.
By train: British Rail stations Hanwell (Paddington - Heathrow) and Drayton Green (Greenford - Acton) are both about 10 minutes' walk.
By bus: E1 (Ealing Broadway-Hanwell-Greenford) and E3 (Chiswick-Northfields-West Ealing-Hanwell-Greenford) routes.
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