FAQ’s and Therapy Techniques


My Fees, Cancellation Policy and Access


I charge £65 for each session.

I also offer a discounted rate £360, when 6 sessions are booked and paid for in advance.

For couples, I charge £90 for 90 minutes.

All sessions last about an hour.

Cancellation policy:

It would be really helpful if you could give me 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or rebook an appointment, as I spend a considerable amount of time preparing for each session. I will have the charge the full fee for any appointments cancelled within 24 hours.

Please note that there are a couple of small steps into my garden therapy room, so it may be unsuitable for people with mobility problems.

How long do sessions last and how many will I need?

Usually, a session lasts for about an hour, and how many you will need will depend; you will make the most progress if you participate fully in our sessions together, and do any ‘homework’ I suggest. The number of sessions that you will need will depend on your personal progress and motivation, but we will work together and see how quickly we can make changes, and I will always endeavour to make the most progress in the least number of sessions. Please note that although I know the techniques work, I can’t make any promises or guarantees.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy (or counselling) is a ‘talking therapy’ which I use to help my clients find peace, contentment and happiness. 

I don’t adhere to one particular therapy approach, but tend to dip in and out of many, depending on the needs of the client, identifying and using techniques that work. I underpin my work with ‘Person Centred Counselling’ and always aim to be genuine, empathetic, non-judgmental and client-centred. 

Some clients need a brief number of sessions, whereas others may see me for months or even years. Compared to more traditional counselling, I may ask the questions you have avoided asking yourself, but only when you are ready, and I think my expertise lies in knowing when and how to ask the difficult questions. I may offer suggestions and help you to see your problem from a different perspective, but I will not give you answers or tell you what to do. Often, I am privileged and humbled to be the first person a client has been able to tell their deepest secrets to.

I often suggest the ‘basics’ in my therapy sessions; gentle exercise, relaxation, good nutrition and quality sleep, and there is often laughter in my therapy room!

What are the Human Givens?

I use the ‘Human Givens’ (HG) approach to underpin my work; this suggests that we must have both our physical and our emotional needs met to be mentally healthy and lead fulfilling lives, and that we have the all the resources we need within us to make changes. Sometimes we need guidance to access these ‘givens’, and this is where I can help you.

What is hypnotherapy?

It is a natural state of deep relaxation or ‘trance’, a little bit like a daydream or a guided meditation, where your mind is completely focused and you feel a deep sense of peace. In fact, we can find ourselves in a trance-like state in many everyday situations, for example, when you are deeply engrossed in a book or a television programme, or on ‘automatic pilot’ when driving, and I simply use this trance-like state to make your therapy more effective.

Our conscious mind is the part that ‘thinks’ and our unconscious mind stores every experience that we’ve ever had, including our beliefs (what we believe is true) and our habits or automatic behaviours. In simple terms, if we compare our mind to a computer, our conscious mind is what we see on the screen, and our unconscious mind is everything else which is stored on the computer to make it work. Hypnotherapy simply aims to download a new programme to make the computer (our mind) work better. Once in a trance, we make changes using techniques such as visualisation or suggestions.

Anyone can benefit from hypnotherapy, and you will be in control and aware of what is going on around you; I am NOT a ‘stage hypnotist’ and will not make you cluck like a chicken!

What is NLP

Neuro‘ refers to our mind and our thoughts, and how we make sense of the world around us, using our five senses and past experiences. These thoughts and beliefs are subjective as we will often perceive past experiences differently to others.

Linguistic‘ refers to our language and how we give meaning to our thoughts, which we can then communicate to both ourselves and others.

Programming‘ refers to our patterns of behaviour that are ‘programmed’ by our thoughts and beliefs, and run again and again, unless we choose to make changes if they are producing negative or unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.  NLP is, therefore, a blend of our thoughts, our language and our behaviour, and using NLP, I can help a client reprocess these patterns, or habits, by using language to change the way we think and behave.

What is the Human Toolbox ™ ?

The ‘Human Toolbox™’, was founded by a psychotherapist called Lindy Wheeler, when she realised that ‘conventional’ counselling wasn’t working with the children and young people that she was working with.  Using simple pictures and diagrams, and the lovely  character ‘Bodd’, she explains how we all have the Tools within us to live our lives with “balance, peace and contentment”, and if we are struggling with mental illness, it is simply because we haven’t learnt to use our Human Toolbox™ yet.  Please see blog for more information.

What is Thought Field Therapy or TFT?

TFT is a process of tapping sequences using fingertips, on specific points on the body, the same points used in Acupuncture, which coincide with the body’s energy meridians, whilst tuning in to a ‘thought field’, or negative emotion or fear, that you wish to reduce or eliminate. The tapping is done by the client themselves.

Unlike many conventional therapies, these techniques work fast, often requiring only two or three sessions to see amazing changes. In fact, my lifelong fear of moths and butterflies was cured within half an hour using NLP!