faq & fees

How will you know if you’ve found the right therapist for you?

During the initial consultation we can discover if we feel we can work together. I will ask you some questions about your past and present situation, and what has brought you to seek counselling at this point in your life. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask me questions to see if there is rapport between us, and if you feel I can help you work through your issues and concerns. If so, we will agree a certain number of sessions at the same time and same place every week. If not, then there is no obligation to continue.

Will you need counselling or psychotherapy? What’s the difference?

Counselling generally tends to be solution-focused, working on coping strategies for a particular issue on a short-term basis. Psychotherapy tends to be open-ended, and works on a deeper understanding of yourself and how issues from the past are affecting your life in the present. It can also help you uncover deeper meaning in your life.

How long is a session?

A session is 50 minutes long, at the same time and place every week. If you arrive late for a session, unfortunately the time cannot be extended.

How many sessions will you need?

That depends on the issues you’re looking to work on. I work on an open-ended basis, so we can decide together how long you will need.

How much do I charge?

At my Purley practice, for individuals the fee is £50.For couples the fee is £60 per session.

At my practice in Clapham and London, session fees are £60 for individuals and £70 for couples.

Fees are payable by cash or cheque at the end of each session.

Some concessions may be available at my Purley practice. Please ask for details.

What if you need to cancel?

Please give 48 hours’ notice if you need to cancel or rearrange a session, otherwise the full fee will be payable.

Have any further questions, or just want an initial chat?

Email or call Karen Dempsey on 07956 823501.

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