I provide talk therapy, sometimes known as either counselling or psychotherapy, for adults throughout their lifespan, couples, families, and military veterans with a wide range of needs.
As a chartered psychologist with over 8 years’ experience in the helping professions, working across a range of settings such as the NHS, third sector organisations, and the private sector. In these settings I have worked with various populations in education, general mental health, substance misuse, specialist trauma services and specialist neurodevelopment services. I can offer you support with: anger, anxiety (general, health, panic, specific phobia, social), attachment, bereavement, complicated grief, CPTSD, depression, impact of cancer, life transitions, low self-esteem, managing emotions, neurodevelopment (ASD, ADHD, FAS), personality disorders (BPD), PTSD, relationship problems, self-harm, self-identity, stress management, substance abuse (alcohol, illicit, prescribed), suicidal thoughts, trauma (combat, emotional, physical, sexual).
I provide a tailored talk therapy for each person I work with that is designed uniquely for you, known as an integrative approach. To help me do this I am guided by various clinical evidence-based models of therapy that allows me to tailor your treatment for you. As a Counselling Psychologist I work in a client-centred way holding humanistic values and integrate various skills and techniques from a range of psychotherapies including: Cognitive-Behavioural-Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused-Therapy (CFT), Dialectical-Behavioural-Therapy (DBT), Schema therapy, and mindfulness. Whatever the approach that works for you it is always delivered in a safe, respectful, and supportive way that aims to empower you.
The initial session is focused on assessment, where we both have the opportunity to get to know each other. The initial assessment allows you the space to share what is difficult for you in your life at this time, and for me to understand how I can best help you going forward. The initial assessment will explore your, the potential origins of your distress, what triggered your distress, what is maintaining your distress, how you are currently managing with your distress, and what your strengths are. From this exploration, I will offer you a psychological understanding (formulation), that will guide your treatment plan.
After the assessment stage, we will agree on goals for how to best make change for you in your life. These goals will also guide your individualised and unique treatment plan. Goals for change may be clear for you when you arrive to therapy, or they may not be. I can help you with setting these after the initial assessment. Sometimes goals can be short term, medium term, or long term, and whatever we work on will depend on what you want to change in your life.
All therapy sessions are offered via video call, online via the internet. I am flexible with how this is offered, and can use any of the following: Facetime, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or Zoom. I can provide you the information on how to use these if they are unfamiliar, just ask when you are making your booking. To use video conferencing you will need access to a video camera, that can be found on your smart phone, computer, or tablet such as an iPad etc.
Therapy session (50 mins)
Trauma processing session (90 mins)
How do I arrange to see you?
You can make an online booking, via the book and calendar links. You can also send me a text message, call me (leaving a voicemail if I am not available, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, to enquire about making a booking.
How long do sessions last?
Each session usually lasts for 50 minutes. However, if we are helping you to process trauma memories, then sessions are extended to 90 minutes to allow sufficient time.
How much does a session cost?
Each individual session costs £75. This increases to £100 for couples. Each trauma processing session increases to £120 as it lasts for 90 minutes.
How do I pay?
Each session can be paid online via BACS bank transfer.
What happens at the first appointment?
The initial appointment is when we begin the initial assessment. This session provides you and myself an opportunity to explore what your needs are, how I can help with your distress and allows us both to decide if we can work together going forward.
How many times will I need to come?
This is like how long a piece of string is, however, William will endeavour to work with you for the shortest time possible, that allows you to resolve/manage the distress that brought you to therapy.
How often are therapy sessions?
Therapy session frequency can vary depending on your distress and the practicalities of finance and life commitments, however as a general rule, sessions are often once per week, or once every two weeks.
Can I bring someone with me to appointments?
Generally individual sessions will only be between yourself and William, however during the initial assessment, if you prefer someone to come with you, then just inform William beforehand.
Do I need a referral from my GP to attend appointments
No, you do not need a referral from your GP to attend appointments. You can self-refer or have someone refer on your behalf. The referrer always needs the individual’s consent to make the referral.
Can I attend my young person’s therapy session?
This can be helpful in the initial assessment, if the young person consents to this, however, individual therapy will be between the young person and William.