I am a Cognitive Therapist and Advanced Accredited Schema Therapist with a private practice in East Finchley, North London. I am also the Founder of Schema Therapy Skills, which provides training workshops for mental-health professionals. Here are some answers to the most common questions my clients ask me – if you would like to arrange a session call me on 07766 704210, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form to get in touch. If you are a counsellor or therapist and are interested in training with me, visit www.schematherapyskills.com
AM I A MEMBER OF ANY PROFESSIONAL BODIES?
If you are considering therapy, you should always check that the therapist is a member of one of the professional bodies that regulate counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. I have achieved Advanced Accreditation with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST), am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
HOW MUCH DO SESSIONS COST?
The assessment session costs £100; longer-term schema therapy sessions cost £90. Sessions are payable at the end of each hour – and the full fee is payable for cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
That depends on the issue you're working on and a range of other factors. For schema therapy, I always tell people that it will take at least a year – often more, depending on the person and their particular set of problems.
WHAT HAPPENS IN AN ASSESSMENT SESSION?
Before we meet, I will email you an intake form; this will help me understand what problems you are having, as well as providing important information about things like your health, family background, work and personal life. I will ask you to return this via Dropbox or bring this with you to the first session, so we can go through it together when we meet. The first session is an assessment, which helps me understand in greater detail what your problems are and whether I can help.
If your problems are very wide-ranging or long-term, schema therapy will be more appropriate for you than standard CBT, which I no longer offer - if you want CBT I will be happy to refer you on. And in some cases after the assessment, I may decide that another therapist or type of therapy would be more suitable; if so, I will explain why and refer you to another therapist.
WHICH PROBLEMS CAN I HELP WITH?
People seek therapy for many different reasons, but most people I see are suffering from stress-related illness, depression or anxiety, because these are by far the most common psychological difficulties we all face. As a Cognitive and Schema Therapist, I can also help with problems including phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), mood swings and bipolar disorder, substance misuse and addiction, health anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia, anger management, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationship difficulties, eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa and personality problems.
DO I WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE?
When I began working as a schema therapist, I focused on schema therapy for adults only. If you want to find help for your child or adolescent, visit www.babcp.com to find a CBT therapist specialising in this area.
DO I OFFER SESSIONS VIA SKYPE OR ZOOM?
Yes, I offer Zoom sessions for people living in other parts of London and the UK, Europe and throughout the world. Therapy works very well via Zoom, so the format of therapy is very similar to face-to-face work. There are some logistical differences, of course, but these are easily overcome with modern technology like scanners and email. Payment can be made after the session – I will send you a PayPal invoice which can be paid using a PayPal or bank account, or with a credit/debit card.
Please note: to make the most of therapy via Zoom, you need to have a good broadband connection. If not, the quality of sessions will be affected and therapy might not be possible.
WHERE DO I WORK?
All of my sessions take place in my office at 4 Bedford Mews, East Finchley, London N2 9DF.
WHEN ARE SESSIONS AVAILABLE?
You can book a session with me from 10am-7.15pm, Monday to Thursday; and 10am-3.30pm on Friday.
IS IT CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes, everything we discuss will remain completely confidential. I abide by the BACP's Ethical Framework, which includes a commitment to confidentiality.
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