6. WHAT LEVEL OF COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED?
My policy is that sessions 1-4 are always regarded as being 'trial' sessions on both sides. This gives us the chance to assess whether or not further work is indicated – and, if so, whether the ‘fit’ between us feels right. During this trial period you may leave at any time without notice.
After the trial period is over, the minimum notice for ending depends upon how long the therapy has lasted:-
Length of therapy Notice
Less than 3 months 1 session
3-12 months 2 sessions
Over 12 months 3 sessions
Although this is the agreed minimum, in some cases a longer ending may be advisable. It is always important to allow enough time:-
7. DO I HAVE TO BRING DREAMS?
Not necessarily. As a Jungian Analyst I am trained to work with dreams and I find that they provide invaluable information about what is going on in the unconscious. There is no doubt that they can lead you more quickly into the underlying issues and accelerate the progress of the therapy. However many of my clients don’t bring dreams – and in such cases we work in other ways.
Please click here for further information about working with dreams.
8. DO YOU OFFER ONE-OFF CONSULTATIONS?
Yes. Individual consultations are available. These might be to discuss a dream – or indeed anything else which may be important to you. Please click here for more information.
9. DO YOU OFFER SUPERVISION?
Yes. You must be a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist or analyst – alternatively a trainee with an accredited training programme. You must also have professional indemnity insurance. The fee is the same as for individual psychotherapy.
10. DO YOU INTEGRATE WAYS OF WORKING FROM OTHER SCHOOLS?
Yes. Although my home is firmly based in the Classical Tradition of Jungian Psychology as taught by CG Jung & Marie-Louise von Franz, I am not afraid to integrate ways of working from other schools which I find to be helpful provided that they are complementary to the basic Jungian approach. Other ways of working which have influenced me include: Psychodrama, Gestalt, Focusing, Mindfulness, Object Relations & Pesso-Boyden. What I find is that some approaches help clients more than others; my aim is always to feel what is most helpful for the individual client.
10. DO YOU EVER GIVE TELEPHONE OR SKYPE SESSIONS?
For some clients, telephone or SKYPE sessions are a possibility once you have been for a few sessions and I have got to know you. However, one to one sessions are always preferable if at all possible.
11. WHAT IS YOUR CODE OF ETHICS?
I maintain strict confidentiality and strong professional boundaries. I adhere to IGAP’s Code of Ethics and copies of this, together with the Complaints Procedure, can be obtained from me upon request. Alternatively you can write to the Secretary, IGAP, PO Box 22343, London, W13 8GP. I am also a registered member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy).