Currently charges are typically £80 per hour or part thereof. This can be negotiated
in case of genuine difficulty.
-When and how do I/we pay?
Invoices are presented monthly for services booked in that
month and become payable on presentation, either by cash or cheque or through arrangements
-Is there a charge if I/we do not attend a booked session?
Sessions booked but not attended will be charged at the FULL RATE unless cancelled
72 hours or more in advance. This is because the time is valuable and could be used
by someone else.
-Where will I/we be seen?
Supervision and therapy will normally be offered at my consulting room at 1 Barley
Close, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6BA, UK. However other venues can possibly be
negotiated or some ‘distance’ (email, telephone, etc) options are available.
Training venues are usually arranged by the commissioning organisation.
-How do I refer someone?
Doctors and other professionals may refer people for therapy. Ideally, contact me
by phone or email with an initial enquiry about suitability and available time. Referral
by letter is possible but might result in delay as I might have no capacity or I
may consider that another service would be more useful to the client/patient.
-Who can refer me?
You can be referred by your GP or other health professional. You can also self-refer,
although ideally there should be a link with your health professionals and sometimes
this might be essential. Also, your GP will have knowledge of other services which
might be more suitable for your circumstances. Contact me to discuss.
-I’ve been referred. Now what?
If you have been referred I shall contact you if contact details have been supplied
by the referrer. Alternatively you may contact me to make arrangements.
OTHER THERAPY QUERIES
-Is therapy covered by medical insurance?
Therapy should be covered by medical insurance, depending on your scheme and allowance.
Because I do not necessarily see people weekly you might find that your allowance
goes further than with some other therapies. If we reached the end of your insurance
allowance we would have to re-negotiate terms or be prepared to terminate therapy.
-What happens in a therapy session?
Therapy is generally a kind of conversation. In the first session we will talk generally
about what you are wanting and what I can offer, in more detail than in the referral
discussions. We might decide against further contacts in this session or we will
decide together how we want to proceed. Because it is YOUR therapy, YOU have the
right to say what is or isn’t okay for you. Both you and I have the right to decide
what we will or won’t do and decisions are made collaboratively.
-How long is a therapy session?
Therapy sessions vary in length. Typically a session with an individual or couple
will last for approximately an hour. For a family or group it is likely to be one
and a half to two hours.
-How often will I/we be seen?
Most people are seen once a fortnight, but this depends on need. Sometimes in a
time of crisis you might want more than one session a week. Later we will meet only
monthly or even less frequently.
-How many sessions will I/we need?
This is very variable and partly depends on what you want. I have done therapy in
as little as one session but have also seen some people for years. I might be able
to give an estimate in the first session. It is also subject to our monitoring together
on an on-going basis whether you are ready to terminate. Of course you may end whenever
you want to do so, anyway!
-Is there a minimum age requirement?
No. Family therapists work with all age groups. For children I shall be wanting
to work with a parent or parents as well.
-Can someone accompany me/us during a session?
Yes. Because I believe in a ‘team’ approach I would encourage you to bring to sessions
whoever you think is very involved with the issue or can be most supportive of you.
This could include your spouse/partner or other members of your family, a good friend,
even a professional working with you to solve the problems. It is a good idea for
as many involved people as possible to be in the first session but we will have discussed
this beforehand. During the first session we will make some decisions together about
who should attend future sessions.
-Can I/we see you on behalf of someone else?
Potentially, yes. I have, especially, worked with parents who are concerned about
a child. Of course we would have to discuss why the other person is not attending
and what the therapeutic and legal implications might be.
-What if I/we don’t want to continue?
Therapy can be discontinued with no notice by you or me. If you no longer wish to
come you need only say so. Note, however, that if you have booked a session and
do not cancel that at least 72 hours before it is scheduled, you would owe a full
fee for the time of that session.