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Talking about your sex life and relationship can often be a daunting task. I want to ensure you are entirely comfortable before and during our sessions. If you have a question that hasn't been answered on my website, please contact me

Session FAQs

What happens during the initial therapy session?

Your first session with me will be relaxed and informal. You will be invited to talk about whatever it is you would like help with, raise any concerns and ask as many questions as you wish. The aim of this session is to provide you with a safe space to talk and to provide enough information for you to make an informed decision about whether Sex/Relationship therapy is suitable for you and whether I am the right therapist for you. Any information gathered at this session will form the start of the assessment process should you decide to engage in a course of therapy.

How long does therapy take?

There is no hard and fast rule to know how long therapy will take as it is entirely dependent upon the individual/couple. However, in therapy terms, this type of work would be classed as short term and solution focused. Therefore, you would expect the duration to be weeks/months and not years.

The initial consultation/assessment takes on average 2-3 sessions for an individual and 4-5 sessions for a couple. The information/history gathering part of the process is vital to build a bespoke treatment plan for the most effective outcome.

Do I have to have an assessment, or can I go straight into therapy?

Every client I see goes through the same assessment process, which allows me to gather information about them. It is essential for building a successful treatment plan. Much enlightenment and reflection can come from the assessment process as you talk openly about your past experiences, current situation and future goals. So, it’s all therapy!

Do I get a diagnosis?

At the end of the assessment process I will provide you with my findings together with a treatment plan. At this stage we can move on to further therapy sessions, but there is no obligation to continue with work with me at any stage.

Can the session be carried out via Skype?

My own experience and research have shown that face to face, in person therapy sessions have an advantage over video call sessions. Something may get lost in translation, like body language, movement, expressions and tone. In addition, internet connections aren’t always reliable. However, some therapy is better than no therapy, and where there is a will there is a way so, if it’s the only option open to you, let’s talk about it. Please contact me to discuss sessions via Skype, Zoom or VSee.

Is what I say confidential?

I understand that discussions in our sessions are of a highly personal nature and our work together will remain confidential, however, there are some exceptions to confidentiality. I may be required to disclose information, in exceptional circumstances, should I become aware of any danger or risk of harm to yourself or someone else or should I become aware of an illegal act. I would discuss my obligation to disclose the information to the relevant authority, should this situation arise.

Is there a risk of my personal information and our discussions being accessed maliciously?

Your data and information will always be stored safely on a device that is encrypted and password protected. Your information will not be shared with any third parties, unless you have given consent or there is a public safety or legal obligation for me to do so. 

Do you work to a code of ethics?

I am a member of several professional bodies and I am bound to adhere to their codes of ethics and professional standards. These include the College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists (COSRT), British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP) and National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP).


Payment FAQs

How much does a session cost?

Initial Consultation/Assessment Sessions are charged at £45 for 30 mins and £80 per hour. I then make a charge of £70 for each 50-minute regular session thereafter.

How can I pay?

You can book your session on my ‘Book an Appointment’ page, where you can then pay online using a debit or credit card.

Alternatively, you can book your sessions by contacting me by phone or email.  You would then be required to pay for the session(s) at least 24hrs prior to the appointment, either by bank transfer or by using this link

Alternatively, if you wish to pay by BACS, please let me know and I will raise an invoice for payment.

When do I pay?

All of my sessions are 'payment in advance' and receipt of BACS payments must be at least 24hrs before your appointment.

Cancellations

Sessions are reserved especially for you and are very unlikely to be filled at short notice. Therefore, if you cancel your session with less than 24 hours’ notice I reserve the right to charge the full fee. Sessions will not take place if you are under the influence of alcohol or substances but will still require full payment.

Therapy FAQs

What is Psychosexual Therapy?

Psychosexual therapy is for those who have issues with their sex life or sexuality which may be regarding sexual or gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual functioning (e.g. difficulties with desire, arousal, ejaculation/ orgasm, pain or satisfaction), disability or illness. These issues may be caused and maintained by psychological, biological, social or emotional factors. A full assessment is carried out and the therapist will develop with the client(s) a shared understanding of what factors have contributed to the development and maintenance of the sexual difficulties. This information will highlight areas to focus on in on-going therapy as well as exercises for the client(s) to do at home.

What is Couples Counselling?

Couples Counselling or Relationship Therapy helps you to verbalise, explore and resolve difficulties in a safe, non-judgemental environment. If you want your partner to listen to you, understand what you’re saying and see you with fresh eyes. If you just can’t communicate effectively and need to be heard, then Couples Therapy will be sure to help you. The process will explore what is working in your relationship and more importantly what isn’t working. You will receive help to work through issues that may include; trust, jealousy, conflict, financial problems, work stress, parenting difficulties, family problems, infidelity, sexual differences, sexual dysfunction, and communication

Will there be any intimate exercises?

Psychosexual therapy is a talking therapy. There are NO intimate exercises in the sessions, neither would you be expected to undress, be physically examined or tested. Any intimate exercises prescribed with the treatment plan would be carried out in the privacy of your own home.

Who should seek help?

Anyone, over the age of 18, who feels they have a sex or relationship issue can seek help. Whether you are in a relationship or not. Whatever your gender, sexual orientation or sexual preferences.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral from your GP to seek therapy sessions with me. If you feel you have an issue you would like to discuss, please contact me. If I cannot help, I will offer to refer you to someone who can.


Other common questions

Insurance

I hold both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance

Complaints

If you should feel the need to make a complaint, this should first be raised directly with me. If afterwards, you feel that your complaint has not been fairly considered or resolved, you can contact www.cosrt.org.uk. 


Location FAQs

Where are you located?

All sessions are held at North Hampshire Clinic, Arena Business Centre, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4EB. Full Information about your appointment, where to go and where to park will be sent to you in your confirmation email. This will be sent to you when you book your appointment.

Is there parking on site?

There is free parking on site. You will receive information about where to park in the confirmation email you receive when you book your appointment.