have questions ?

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  • No you don’t, you can self-refer. All you need is to call and book an appointment.
  • The number of sessions needed depends on the person and the presenting issues.
  • At the first appointment we will discuss the best approach and how many sessions would be beneficial.
  • The time you take to deal with the presenting issues will also depend on how much you are willing to do between appointments. The more you engage with the process the less number of sessions you will need. 
  • I aim to help you develop your own confidence to take the set of skills learned and apply them to your everyday life rather than keep you in therapy long term.   
  • Each session is based on a 50-minute hour, so that the consultation, payment and next appointment are dealt with within the allocated hour.
  • Couples sessions are 1½ hour, based on 80-minutes therapy work and 10 minutes to round off, settle payment and book next appointment.
  • There are times when a client will book 1½ or 2 hour sessions when there is a lot to unravel and focus on specific issues. 


  • It is advisable to have weekly sessions initially to help maximise and embed the desired changes. As you begin to feel better appointments can go to fortnightly and then monthly, if on-going support is needed. At times clients choose to have quarterly catch up sessions to help them stay on track. This is particularly helpful when working with couples.
  • Appointments that are cancelled with less then 24 hours notice will be charged full fee as it will not be possible to offer the time slot to another client.
  • Your appointment slot begins from the time booked. If you are late you will lose that time from your overall session.
  • It is always best to help maximise results, for you to make sure you arrive in plenty of time for your appointment.
  • Yes. Hypnosis is very similar to a deep meditation. It is described as an altered state of conscious awareness although you remain in total control. After the hypnosis you will be fully awake and alert.
  • I record the hypnosis session and send it to you via Dropbox so that you can listen to it at home. Do not listen to any hypnosis recordings whilst driving or in the bath.
  • The first time we meet we will talk about your symptoms and situation, and discuss what you are looking to achieve. It is relaxed, confidential and in a friendly environment. Work will begin straight away and you will most likely come away with some new insights and a few exercises to do prior to your next appointment.
  • Should you feel apprehensive about your first meeting or subsequent sessions, you are welcomed to bring a friend, parent or partner to the appointments.
  • I work with children of all ages and their families. In particular with adolescents struggling with stress, anxiety and the demands of school. I have worked as a sixth form counsellor for a Midlands secondary school for the past five years.
  • Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the first session; thereafter there is a degree of flexibility to accommodate the child’s needs. I have a DBS Enhanced Certificate to work with children.
  • It is preferable if a parent or guardian is present at each session to help you understand the therapeutic process, which will enable you to better support your child.
  • Yes. Therapy helps to dissect the different demands and expectations made on youngsters, and support them with study strategies that will help them feel more confident. 
  • I often meet clients who say they struggle to open up to anyone, especially a stranger. I always make sure the client is comfortable and doesn’t feel forced to disclose anything they don’t want. Through a process of conversation and asking the right questions I have found that trust quickly develops making way for an effective therapy session.


  • No, it’s never too late. We all process our grieving in different ways. Sometimes the demands of life inhibit us to grieve the loss of a loved one in the moment. Years later something triggers a thought or emotion that allows it to surface, grabbing us by surprise.
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