Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions will I need?
People work with me for varying numbers of sessions.
Some people feel that just one, or a few sessions feels useful, and others feel that it is more beneficial to work with me for a longer period of time. In my experience, longer-term therapy allows us to go deeper, and therefore creates the opportunities for longer lasting healing and results. Working with clients longer-term is my speciality.
In all cases, we will begin with one initial assessment session, with no need to commit beyond this session. This allows us to get a better idea of whether we are a good fit for working together.
If we do agree to work together after this first session, it will then be possible for you to arrange weekly appointments from that time. At times, I may be able to offer fortnightly sessions too, although I do not offer these as standard - Please ask me about this if fortnightly is your preference.
We will then explore options for the frequency/duration of the therapy collaboratively, during our work together.
do you offer sessions to children?
If it is your child who is experiencing difficulties, I will work with you as parents alone. As parents, you are the most important people in your child's life - and I want to keep it that way. In my experience, there is infinitely more possibility of effective, sustainable positive change (for children) by offering psychology services to their parents, rather than to children themselves. Please contact me for more information about this approach for supporting children, if you have any further questions.
Do you bill through insurance companies?
No, I do not bill through medical insurance companies. Insurance companies use 'illness' language, and indeed they often require therapy/coaching to be described in this way, for them to agree to cover the costs (e.g. The language they use will imply that you to have a 'disorder', 'diagnosis', or 'condition' that they describe as needing 'treatment from' or 'fixing by' a psychologist).
Conversely, I very deliberately approach your mental and emotional health from a 'wellness' perspective, not from an 'illness' perspective - And this distinction matters: In my extensive experience, basing your relationship with a psychologist on an 'illness' framework both disempowers you from feeling able to make positive changes in your own life, and is very likely to make it harder for you to experience long-term positive change. In my experience, investing in your own therapy, and coming at it from a wellness perspective is more effective for you in the long term.