Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and patient and the particular problems you bring forward. There are many different methods I may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like a medical appointment. Instead, it calls for an active effort on your part. In order for therapy to be more successful you will have to work on things we talk about both during the sessions and at home. Our first session will usually involve an evaluation of your need. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. Therapy involves a commitment of time, money, and energy; so think carefully about the therapist you select. If you have any questions about my methods I will be happy to answer them. If your doubts persist I will be happy to set you up with another therapist.
The first session is an assessment, during this time we can decide if I am the best person to provide the services you need to meet your treatment goals. If psychotherapy is begun I will usually schedule one session (50 minutes) per week at a time we agree on. Once an appointment time is scheduled you will be expected to attend unless 24 hours notice is given. Should adequate notice of a cancellation not be received the session will be charged in full. Sessions last 50 minutes and must stay within appointment times.
My sessional fee per hour is available on request. Payment of (cash, or cheque) is payable at the end of each session. Other services include report writing, letters, and telephone conversations longer than ten minutes and are charged at the hourly rate. If you become involved in legal proceedings while in therapy that require my participation, you will be expected to pay for my professional time even if I am called to testify by another party. I will not become involved in legal matters unless instructed by a Judge. I do not become involved in legal proceedings between couples.
I am often not immediately available by telephone; I will not answer my phone when I am in sessions. Phone contact can be made during weekday working hours 9-6pm only, genuine emergencies only out of these hours. In an emergency you will contact emergency services before contacting me. Telephone messages and emails cannot be perceived as seeking adequate help in a crisis situation. Only a specified person and GP will be contacted in cases of an emergency, contact with other friends or family is not appropriate. Calling my mobile is not appropriate unless we have specifically agreed it.